c.300 pages | Publication in France: January 2012/May 2012/Fall 2013 | Finished copies available (vol.1, 2 & 3), English translation | Flammarion | Author photo: ©Bertini
- “Balzac 2013. Finely-crafted and enthralling. . .Written with beautiful clarity.” - LIBÉRATION
Sabri Louatah brushes away the boundaries between literary and commercial fiction with graceful writing and a plot carried by a stunning sense of urgency. . .
It's the day of the presidential elections and all of France is in a state of shock: the first Arab candidate, who was projected to win, has just been shot. The sprawling Nerrouche family is devastated to discover that one of their own is the prime suspect in the shooting. It turns out that Nazir, a shadowy but compelling figure, has links to Islamist extremists.
In the aftermath of the assassination attempt, the police and prosecution unravel, creating a vacuum in which old alliances shatter and new, more ominous ones emerge. As riots break out, prosecutors and detectives descend upon the Nerrouches, turning them into a convenient political scapegoat for the country's elite.
It falls to the family's favorite son Fouad, Nazir's brother and apparent opposite, to clear his family's name. But an enigma hangs over the affair: what if the whole assassination attempt and manhunt was in fact a far-reaching, clandestine plot intended to alter the course of history?
Louatah has written a gripping saga in four volumes—bringing together the ambition and scope of nineteenth-century literary epics and the pacing of a modern thriller. Its vulnerable and flawed characters, its luminous descriptions, have the intensity and resonance of first-class literary fiction. The Savages has been met with unanimous acclaim from critics and readers alike.