Orléansville, Algeria, 1962. Yvan is a carefree 12-year-old Jewish Pied-Noir* child, full of wonder for everything. He is suddenly frozen in his tracks by the Algerian war, the explosion of which thrusts him into a world that is too hard to cope with.
Victim of a rape, persecuted by separatists who massacre Algerians of French origin, he is forced with his family to abandon everything and to flee to go to France, like millions of French people with him. Considered as colonists by the Algerians, considered as Algerians by the French, herded into refugee centers, they face the segregation, anti-Semitism and racism of the French administration.
This traumatized and uprooted child will have to learn to rebuild himself in a hostile world. In denial of his 12-year-old aggression, his first love stories will be a disaster and he will struggle to build stable relationships.
Constantly a victim of segregation and anti-Semitism, he will be attracted to the prison world, will seek to understand what drives people of immigrant origin into delinquency and crime. He will face the dangers of illusion and the harshness of politics, as well as death, sex, love and feelings of guilt.
* Pied-Noir: Algerians of French origins, decedents of settelers.
Yvan Tetelbom was born in the Atlas Mountains of Kabylia and writes poems, performing in France and abroad. He is a specialist in the poetry of language, regularly going into schools and universities, as well as places where people suffer, such as prisons, psychiatric hospitals, reception centres and deprived neighbourhoods.
Key Sales Points
– The point of view of a 12 year-old child on the Algerian war and the forced exodus of the Pieds-Noirs.
– A powerful testimony on paedophilia and its longterm consequences, which recalls the recent #MeToo movement.
– A book full of hardness and beauty.