the elections of Sabiha Daoud of the Librairie Valentin of Paris

10:05, April 28, 2022

Trait d’union between the 7e et 15e arrondissements parisiens, la Librairie Valentin (16, rue Valentin-Haüy, 75015) incarne à merveille l’adage qu’elle s’est choisi: «Si les oiseaux ont des ailes, les hommes ont books. Strollers and compulsive readers are welcomed there with the same warmth by Sabiha Daoud who, after a career as a publisher of large-print books for the blind, wanted to open a place to satisfy all cravings for paper. The bookseller looks at each new novel by Delphine de Vigan and Leïla Slimani. Foreign literature also occupies a special place in her wandering library, leading her to discover other cultures. She recently traveled to India thanks to the novel Escaping and Returning (Emmanuelle Collas) by Prajwal Parajuly, which narrates the reunion between grandparents and grandchildren after eighteen years of absence. With the hope that her regulars know her, the bookstore gives us her latest finds.

My best sale: The decision by Karine Tuil (Gallimard, 304 pages, 20 euros)

“I discovered this book at the end of last year and, despite seasonal weariness and long working hours, it gripped me like few novels are capable of. Karine Tuil beautifully describes the human soul and the seemingly harmless little things that populate our daily lives. The reader is here at the center of a dilemma, that of Alma, an anti-terrorist judge who must decide on the fate of a young man suspected of having joined the Islamic State group. Alma’s extramarital affair with the defendant’s attorney conflicts with her professional ethics and turns the novel into a psychological thriller.

Karine Tuil suggests that nothing is ever all black and white

The plot, both legal and romantic, questions our choices in society as well as our most intimate decisions, those decisions that give the novel its title and reflect the ambivalence of who we fundamentally are. Later human things, which I too had adored, Karine Tuil recaptures a hot topic in the news and from there suggests that nothing is ever black and white. »

My favorite : bitter sun by Lilia Hassaine (Gallimard, 160 pages, 17 euros)

“Where we meet an Algerian family who came to France in the 1960s, their hopes and then their disappointments as the housing estates were abandoned. Where we live in contact with the heroines (a mother and her three daughters), their longing for integration and freedom, so many joys and trials that recall those that my family has known, since my father arrived in France in 1962 and my mother in 1968. At home we didn’t talk about the war in Algeria and we quickly understood that gathering the immigrant population in housing estates was a mistake.

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I rediscover this story today when my children grow up, when my daughter has chosen to study colonial history and when we commemorate March 19, the national day in memory of the victims of the Algerian war. a novel like bitter sun it helps to understand, gently and uncontroversially, what I found remarkable in such a young writer. »

My discovery: Atlas House by Alice Kaplan (The noise of the world, 272 pages, 21 euros)

“A new publishing house has just been installed in Marseille. Your name ? The noise of the world. In this first title, the years of lead experienced by an Algerian Jewish family occupy the heart of Alice Kaplan’s story, as well as the meeting between Emily, an American student, and Daniel Atlas, from this family. His love was born on the university benches in Bordeaux in the early 1990s, but Daniel, worried that his family is under threat, must soon return to Algiers.

Le Bruit du monde, a ship bound for other cultures

We left overwhelmed by this reading that combines the search for origins and the meaning of history. Alice Kaplan is a specialist in the work of Albert Camus and under her pen we find images common to those of the Nobel Prize-winning writer. This new publisher wants to be a ship bound for other cultures, so it’s an excellent idea to moor in Marseille! »

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