Almost a Brother
The Fields are a vast block of apartments where several generations of occupants live with a permanent identity crisis. It is like a peninsula that would snap off, were it not for the 15-minute ride down the highway that still links it to the continent. It is a prison wherein the inmates atone for a crime that no one committed. Bruno endeavors to understand this universe so that he might tear Sabrina away from it. From a well-to-do background, he has broken loose from his roots. He is a voyeur, unwelcome in the world of the Fields, but he recognizes the unrest as his own, as though it were fraternal. Tassadit Imache’s characters are possessed by anger and despair, and the novel’s contemporary discourse sets them on the edge of disaster, recasting tragedy in the present.
Tassadit Imache : Born in 1958 in Argenteuil, Tassadit Imache has already published Le Dromadaire de Bonaparte (1995) and Je veux rentrer (1998) with Actes Sud. She lives and works in Paris.