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The Angels Die: Yasmina Khadra in Conversation

Event 48 Saturday 4 March, 3pm-4pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

“The Angels Die was, for me, an opportunity to revisit a time that I feel has been unjustly ignored by writers and historians as a decisive moment for the destiny of Algeria.” – Yasmina Khadra

Making his debut at the Festival, the inspiring author of The Swallows of Kabul will share the dramatic rise and fall of the boxer Turambo, whose deadly left hook carries him to fame amid poverty and racial tension in inter-war Algeria.

Mohammed Moulessehoul – better known by his pen name Yasmina Khadra – has called his 2013 novel Les Anges Meurent de nos Blessures his favourite of his works. Now also published in English, it is an examination of the power of sport to reawaken national pride and identity, and of the search for love and a path in life. Prepare for a deep and moving insight into colonial Algeria.

Language: French, with simultaneous translation 

The Angels Die: Yasmina Khadra in Conversation

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The War for Truth

Event 143 Friday 3 March, 6pm-7pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

“When I began to talk about Afghanistan, I watched eyes glaze and felt as if I was trying to have a conversation about a movie no one else had seen.” – Christina Lamb

How do you get the truth out when no-one wants you to speak up and, often, no-one seems to want to listen? Yasmina Khadra and Christina Lamb have both faced this question in their writing about Afghanistan.

Yasmina Khadra is the pen-name of Mohammed Moulessehoul, an Algerian author and former soldier whose novel The Swallows of Kabul met with international acclaim.

Christina Lamb reported from Afghanistan for 13 years and found herself covering a long war that British and American authorities went between spinning as a success and outright forgetting. She tells the story of her time there in Farewell Kabul.

Language: English, French

The War for Truth

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