Introducing our NB Recommends for May… A Bookshop in Algiers by Kaouther Adimi &
translated by Chris Andrews

A Bookshop in Algiers by Kaouther Adimi and translated by Chris Andrews is a beautiful, compact novel about history, bravery, creativity, and the importance of books, particularly during difficult or turbulent times. Our NB Recommendation for May is both timely and brilliant, falling into the genres of literary, historical and translated fiction.

A bit about the author

Kaouther Adimi is a young Algerian novelist living in France. A Bookshop in Algiers is her third novel and was published in France in 2017, where it sold over 50,000 copies and received the trifecta of major French award nominations for the Goncourt, Renaudot and Médicis prizes.

A bit about the translator

Chris Andrews was born in Newcastle, Australia, in 1962. He studied at the University of Melbourne and taught there, in the French program, from 1995 to 2008. He is now teaching at the University of Western Sydney, where he is a member of the Writing and Society Research Center. He has also translated books by Roberto Bolaño and César Aira for US publisher New Directions.

Words from the editor

“I was completely seduced by Kaouther Adimi’s wonderful A BOOKSHOP IN ALGIERS from the moment I started reading it. It documents an extraordinary moment in a country’s history, recounted through the intimate story of one man’s bravery and dedication to what he believed in, and the lengths he’d go to defend it. Above all, it’s a story about idealism being confronted, and ultimately overcome, by reality. We’re enormously proud to be publishing it on the Serpent’s Tail list.”

Hannah Westland, Publisher at Serpent’s Tail