Au Diable Vauvert
On a Sunday in April, twelve men and a woman set out to sea envisioning a country where work still exists, where the roads are made of gold and the trees of freedom grow. Gibraltar is only a few kilometers away but they won’t reach its coasts, their bodies brought back to shore by the sea. A brief article in a Moroccan newspaper on their deaths inspired Youssouf Amine Elalamy to write what could have been their stories. One by one, he fashions a life for each one of them based on conversations with their real friends and loved ones. The result is much more than a tale on clandestine immigration but an unforgettable tribute to thousands of anonymous souls who perished in a similar way
Youssouf Amine Elalamy : Youssouf Amine Elalamy was born in Morocco in 1961. He is the author of several novels, including Un Marocain à New York (Eddif Casablanca, 1998) which won the Grand Atlas Prize in 1998.