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Le village de l'Allemand : ou Le journal des frères Schiller

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Quand en 1994 le GIA massacre une partie de la population du village d'Aïn Deb, près de Sétif, les frères Schiller perdent leurs parents. Mais leur deuil va se doubler d'une autre épreuve : la révélation de qui fut leur père, cet Allemand qui jouissait du titre prestigieux de moudjahid...
Basé sur une histoire authentique, ce roman relie trois épisodes dissemblables et pour
Mass Market Paperback, 306 pages
Published September 10th 2009 by Gallimard (first published 2008)
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Jan 22, 2017 orsodimondo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americana
Ho talmente paura di incontrare mio padre dove non si dovrebbe, dove nessun uomo può rimanere un uomo. È in gioco la mia stessa umanità.

Le colpe dei padri ricadono sicuramente sui figli se i figli se ne fanno carico come succede in questo romanzo. Come succede a Rachel, il figlio maggiore di Hans Schiller diventato sceicco del villaggio, il mujahid tedesco.
I due fratelli non sono mai stati tanto vicini come adesso che il maggiore è morto e il minore ha letto il suo diario, e
Maria Thomarey
Sep 16, 2015 Maria Thomarey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Αγαπώ πολυ αυτο το βιβλιο .., το ρούφηξα , χωρις ανάσα .....μετά τ χτεσινά γεγονότα είναι τόσο σημερινό και ανατριχιαστικα προφητικό . Πρέπει να διαβαστεί απ'ολους . Μπορεί έτσι να καταλάβουμε . Όλα τα πράγματα έχουν εξήγηση . Όλες οι θηριωδίες και οι πρακτικές . Αλλά εμείς πάντα πέφτουμε από τα σύννεφα . Αυτή είναι η δυστυχία της ανθρώπινης ύπαρξης . Θεωρεί το εαυτό του μικρό θεό και κέντρο του σύμπαντος , αλλά αφήνετε έρμαιο κάθε χιτλερ η χιτλερισκου. Ελάχιστα μαθαίνει . Και όταν μαθαίνει δεν ...more

... And there you have this book, pretty much.

Sansal has written a contribution to Holocaust guilt literature with a twist- this time it's globalized. These are the half German sons of an SS Officer who grew up in Algeria and the rough Paris banlieues who struggle with the sins of the fathers- a struggle that takes at least one of them all over the map, spreading the effects of the disease far and wide, implicating many more people than such angry meditations typically do. He engages heavily wit
Jan 11, 2017 Roseb612 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je možné dávat rovnítko mezi nacismus a islamismus? Můžeme soudit druhé, když nejsme v jejich situaci? A padá vina otců na jejich děti?

Tohle je jenom zlomek otázek, které člověka napadnou při čtení této knihy a vlastně jsem si to v hlavě ještě všechno nesrovnala. Dozvědět se, že váš milovaný otec se podílel na holokaustu a vy jste o tom nikdy neměli ani sebemenší tušení, je něco nepředstavitelného a pro hlavní hrdiny, bratry Rašela a Malricha, také nesdělitelného. A otec je mrtvý - takže není ko
Oct 25, 2015 Nadine rated it it was amazing
Καταπληκτικό βιβλίο. «Ο σιωπών δοκεί συναινείν» λέει το ρητό και αυτό ακριβώς μας υπενθυμίζει ο Σανσάλ μέσω του παράτολμου εγχειρήματος της σύγκρισης των ναζιστικών θηριωδιών του ολοκαυτώματος με αυτές του ισλαμικού απολυταρχισμού. Η λήθη, ο φόβος, η ανοχή και η αποσιώπηση των διωγμών και των καθάρσεων καθιστούν τις κοινωνίες συνένοχες, το μόνο που αλλάζει κάθε φορά είναι η θρησκευτική και εθνοτική ταυτότητα των θυμάτων. Εξαιρετικά επίκαιρο.
Dec 14, 2009 Hélène rated it really liked it
Shelves: historiques, xxe
L'histoire : en 1996, le frère de Malrich (Malik-Ulrich) Schiller, Rachel (Rachid-Helmut), se suicide, dans son pavillon de la banlieue parisienne. A la fin de l'enquête, le commissaire lui remet le journal de son frère, commencé lorsqu'il a appris la mort de leurs parents, assassinés dans leur village algérien par des islamistes du GIA, en 1994. Leur père était d'origine allemande, et en lisant le journal de son frère, Malrich fait à son tour les découvertes qui ont conduit son frère au suicide ...more
Jan 07, 2010 Petra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No spoilers. All this is known from the beginning of the book.
Two brothers, Rachel and Malrich, learn of their father’s past while going through his effects after he dies. Each in their own way comes to terms with what they learn about how their father was involved in the concentration camps, which decisions were made, what came to be. They each struggle with Why? and How? and, finally, with Who? their father was. And, how the father's life influences theirs. How responsible are the sons for the
The German Mujahid by Boualem Sansal is an important book-at least for me, ignorant as I am of Algerian history. The story begins with two Algerian brothers living in France. Or rather, it begins with the younger brother, Malrich, telling us about his older brother's recent suicide in the wake of a massacre in their home village in Algeria, where their parents were killed. And Rachel's (the older brother) subsequent that their father, an important elder in their village who came originally from ...more
Apr 19, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am deeply impressed by this little book, dealing with rising Islamicism in France and exploring parallels with Nazism, the inescapable tangle of responsibility and the indivisibility now of Europe and the ME/NA. It seems fresh and original, searing but not devastating - more of a plea than an offer of hope, but it feels like an important book, maybe even a new coming-of-age classic. There are exceptionally evocative riffs on things like the chaos of immediate-post-war Europe, doing business in ...more
Sep 12, 2009 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Move over Bruce Bawer, you've got a novel companion to your eye-opening expose "While Europe Slept" (Broadway Books, 2006). Algierian author Boualem Sansal's 2008 novel "Le Village de L'Allemand ou Le Journal de Freres Schiller" has been translated into English and newly released as "The German Mujahid." The infiltration of European cities by militant Islamists, as chronicled in meticulous detail by Bawer, is now semi-fictionalized (the jacket tells us this story is based on a true one) and, the ...more
As I was walking along the gorgeous collection of books in the french literature section, my eyes happened to gaze on this Particular book from an author of Algerian origin. And before my eyes can take a complete look and fix its vision on the book next to it, an impulse was triggered in my mind that this book has to be read very soon.

That was some days ago, and today as I finish this book I’d say that reading this has been one of the best judgement I’ve made. Multiple reasons can be stated to a
Aug 12, 2016 Myra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: karas-ir-taika
Šią ir kitas mano apžvalgas galima rasti štai čia:

Boualem Sansal "Vokiečių kaimas, arba Brolių Šilerių dienoraštis" - romanas apie tėvų klaidas ir jų naštą vaikams.

Parašyta gerai. Žodžiai liejasi sklandžiai, gražiai, tvarkingai.

Ir tema nebloga užkabinta: ar turėtų vaikai atsakyti už tėvų klaidas? Tos klaidos - skaudžios. Tai nacistinės Vokietijos ir jos pasekėjų klaidos.

Du broliai Malrichas ir Rašelis - alžyrietės ir vokiečio vaikai. Jie gimė Alžyre, tači
Oct 21, 2009 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“’Tell me, imam, if you had power over the earth, where would you begin the genocide?’ ‘…you round the kaffirs all up into camps…you gas all the useless ones…the rest of them, you divide into groups based on their skills…and you work them till they drop. Anyone who disobeys, you gas them…it’s been done before.’”

Malrich Schiller is an Algerian ex-patriot living in an Islamic controlled ghetto in France. Malrich is faced with a crisis of conscious when he discovers his German father was a Nazi who
Ankur Rastogi
"An Unfinished Business" is Boualem Sansal's (An Algerian author) first novel that was translated into English. The same novel was published as "The German Mujahid" in USA (it was originally written in French).

Considered a controversial novel, the book draws a parallel between Hitler's Nazism of 40s with current Islamic fundamentalism (or rather referred as Islamists). When you read through the novel and the parallels drawn, you are actually not surprised that the author's books are banned in h
Σπύρος Γλύκας
Λήθη. Αυτήν σαν να φαίνεται να πολεμάει μεταξύ άλλων ο συγγραφέας αυτού του βιβλίου που αναφέρεται στο Ολοκαύτωμα παραλληλίζοντας το με τον ισλαμικό φονταμενταλισμό. Σίγουρα έχουν γραφτεί πάρα πολλά για τον Β’ Παγκόσμιο πόλεμο και τις θηριωδίες των Ναζί. Το να διαβάζεις για το Άουσβιτς και παράλληλα να παρακολουθείς την σημερινή πραγματικότητα που επικρατεί στην Αλγερία και στα γαλλικά γκέτο των μεταναστών, σε αφήνει με το στόμα ανοιχτό και συνειδητοποιείς για μια ακόμη φορά μέχρι που μπορεί να ...more
Jan 20, 2010 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was difficult to rate this book. On one hand I love reading books that give me a new perspective on the world. This Algerian author really opened my eyes, which normally deserves a higher rating from me. There was a lot of foul language from one of the main characters, but it was totally in keeping with his character. I found the parallels between Nazism and the extremist Islamic fundamentalists intriguing. There was a lot of research into HOW the Nazis were able to accomplish the Holocaust a ...more
Jane Griffiths
Aug 23, 2015 Jane Griffiths rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is ground breaking, thank you Andrea for pointing me in its direction. An Arab author confronts the Holocaust. Two brothers born in Algeria and living in France confront Islamist atrocity and the Nazi past of their German father, in their different ways. The life of the tough Muslim neighbourhoods of the outskirts of Paris is made real. I read it in the original French as "Le village de l'Allemand' and in English translation it is "The German Mujahid" in the U.S. and "Unfinished Business" i ...more
Very impressive and very heavy. This story about family and guilt and identity was quite gripping and dealt respectfully with the complexities of the human mind, which was great. I did feel that one of the main characters was a bit inconsistent, although that also kind of works nice in this story. The two narratives were effective, although I do feel like I need to read up on Algeria and France in order to fully comprehend this story.
Jun 20, 2011 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My fault for buying an uncorrected proof from the used book store. The spelling and grammar mistake drove me crazy.
Tony Waters
Nov 20, 2012 Tony Waters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story--much of it unexpected. It is a historical novel set in the late 20th century Germany, the Algerian neighborhoods of France, and rural Algeria. I recommend it!
Sep 06, 2010 Darryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Original title: Le village de l'Allemand ou le journal des frères Schiller
UK title: An Unfinished Business

Here I am, faced with a question as old as time: are we answerable for the crimes of our fathers, of our brothers, of our children? Our tragedy is that we form a direct line, there is no way out without breaking the chain and vanishing completely.

This powerful, thought provoking and unsettling novel is narrated by Malrich Schiller, a young man born to a German father and an Algerian mother.
David Alexander
Oct 16, 2016 David Alexander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"…The guide was talking, explaining. I didn't like his voice, there was something wrong about the tone. What irritated me was that he was trapped in his books, in his technical reports, what he was describing was a process. That is not what extermination is! Not just that. It cannot be brought down to its final act. There is everything else, the most important part, the part that is nameless, the everyday evil that you quickly grow accustomed to, that you never grow accustomed to, that thing whi ...more
Thomas Hübner
Sep 12, 2013 Thomas Hübner rated it it was amazing

Rachel and Malrich Schiller, the sons of a German father and an Algerian mother, are two brothers that are so different that it is hard to imagine that they come from the same family.

The two immigrant boys, growing up in France without their parents who stay in their home village in Algeria, are just a few years apart but take a path in life that is completely different from each other.

There is Rachel, the older one, who is very serious about his education and
The Holocaust is such a vast and unfathomable human story that we will likely never see the end of art that concerns itself with it. To a certain extent, that can create Holocaust "fatigue" -- do we really need another book/film/play/poem about the six million? This prize-winning novel attempts to answer that question with an emphatic yes. For one thing, it's considered to be the first book by an Arab writer to deal with the Holocaust, and given the complicated history between Arabs and Jews, th ...more
Thomas Hübner
May 28, 2014 Thomas Hübner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Rachel and Malrich Schiller, the sons of a German father and an Algerian mother, are two brothers that are so different that it is hard to imagine that they come from the same family.

The two immigrant boys, growing up in France without their parents who stay in their home village in Algeria, are just a few years apart but take a path in life that is completely different from each other.

There is Rachel, the older one, who is very serious about his education and
Aban (Aby)
This book, by an Algerian writer, is about two brothers, Rachel and Malrich Schiller. Born to a German father and an Algerian mother, in a remote village in Algiers, the brothers were sent as children to live in a slum estate in Paris.

The book starts with Rachel's suicide. His diaries are handed over to Malrich and it is through the diaries that Malrich learns that their father was an S.S. officer, responsible for the death of thousands of Jews in the Nazi concentration camps.

Through both Rachel
Jan 06, 2014 Hamza rated it liked it
Mon premier livre de l'année 2014, mon premier livre pour l'auteur aussi.
Une histoire authentique de l'Algérie des années 90', un GIA massacre une partie de la population d'Ain Deb le 24 avril 1994.
Rachid Hemlut Schiller ou Rachel, part en Algérie, son pays natal a la rencontre de ses parents qui ont perdu la vie dans ce massacre. Là, il découvre une vérité bouleversante: son père était un NAZI. Oui, l'ancien moudjahid comme on l’appelait au village, le cheikh Hassan Hans a participé au gazage d
Aug 27, 2013 Dokusha rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels
Bei einem Massaker in einem Dorf in Algerien während des Kriegs in den Neunzigern stirbt unter anderem auch ein Deutscher, der seit langem dort lebt und aufgrund seiner Verdienste bei der Befreiung Algeriens als Held angesehen wird. Seine Söhne, die in einem Pariser Vorort leben, erfahren durch dessen Hinterlassenschaft, daß er ein aktiver Offizier der SS im Naziregime war und in mehreren KZs Dienst tat.
Das Buch beschreibt die Reise des älteren Bruders, der die Stationen seines Vaters besucht, i
Mar 16, 2009 Delphine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai lu Le Village de l'Allemand ou le journal des frères Schiller de Boualem Sansal et j'ai été frappée par ce roman qui, de manière forte et militante, fait le parallèle entre le nazisme et l'islamisme. Lorsque ses parents sont assassinés dans un village algérien, Rachid Helmut Schiller (dit Rachel) fait le voyage pour voir leur tombe. Il découvre alors une valise, pleine des papiers ayant appartenu à son père, un Allemand qui avait embrassé la cause du FLN et épousé une Algérienne. Le passé l ...more
Thomas Armstrong
Dec 18, 2014 Thomas Armstrong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book. It started out a little slow for me, but then gathered force as the narrative built. The contrast between the two brothers diaries made for frequent changes of pace (I don't think I could have been able to stand Rachel's diary if it had been one huge continuous chunk of the novel). I find this one of the most eloquent books that I've ever read on the Holocaust. He quotes Primo Levi, who would be another author on my short list (I've ordered ''If this is a man''). The eq ...more
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Boualem Sansal, né en 1949 à Theniet El Had, petit village des monts de l’Ouarsenis, est un écrivain algérien, principalement romancier mais aussi essayiste, censuré dans son pays d'origine à cause de sa position très critique1 envers le pouvoir en place. Il habite néanmoins toujours en Algérie, considérant que son pays a besoin des artistes pour ouvrir la voie à la paix et à la démocratie. Il est ...more
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