Le pain de l'exil

Enfant, le narrateur guettait le départ pour l'usine d'Adan, son père, et venait prendre sa place encore chaude au creux du lit conjugal. Là, sa mère Nahima, conteuse d'exception, lui transmettait des bribes de l'histoire familiale. Il traverse en esprit la Méditerranée pour mettre ses pas dans ceux de ses parents, voués à quitter leur terre natale. Le Pain de l'exil s'ouvre sur l'exécution en place publique du père de Nahima, bandit d'honneur, sous les yeux de la petite fille. Il se clôt sur la fuite d'Adan pour la France au moment même où se perpétuent les massacres de Sétif et de Guelma.
Des neiges éternelles de la Kabylie à la cité ouvrière de la banlieue de Caen, de la forge familiale aux chaînes de montage de l'industrie automobile, Zadig Hamroune entrelace l'âpre réalité et le merveilleux du conte oriental.
  • Vermillon
  • Paru le 27/08/2015
  • Genre : Littérature française
  • 256 pages - 140 x 205 mm
  • EAN : 9782710372899
  • ISBN : 9782710372899

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Le Pain de l'exil

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As a child, the narrator waits for his father to leave for the factory, and climbs into the bed alongside his mother. Here she draws on her talent for storytelling and feeds him snippets of family history, tales both joyful and tragic. Equipped with this travel stipend, Zadig Hamroune finds himself imaginatively transported across the Mediterranean. He walks in the footprints of Nahima and Adan, who are forced to leave Kabylia, the land of their ancestors. Le Pain de l’exil begins as Nahima, nestled in the arms of her grandmother, stands among the crowd at the execution of her father – a good man, but a public enemy. It ends with Adan’s flight as he boards a ship to France to escape the persecution of his brothers just as the massacres of Sétif and Guelma are unfolding.

Combining childhood memories with the historical episodes in the lead up to the war of independence, Zadig Hamroune, himself exiled but backwards, gives free-reign to his imagination. He paints his parents lives in a retelling full of imagery, marrying the marvellous of old oriental tales to the cruel reality of the country’s bloody past. It is his turn to knead the dough of this “bread of exile” on which he has been fed, carrying on the tradition of his people and preserving both individual and collective memory.

Born in Caen in 1967, Zadig Hamroune is an English teacher in a Parisian high school. Le Pain de l’exil is his first novel.

"A novel which captivates the reader like a Scheherazade of modern times" Encres vagabondes

"A superbly poetic family story full of authenticity." Le Dauphiné Libéré

"A powerful and poignant first novel." RTS

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