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Lo que el día debe a la noche

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Younes sólo tiene nueve años cuando su padre, arruinado por un especulador, pierde todas sus tierras y, desesperado, resuelve confiarlo a su tío, un farmacéutico integrado en la comunidad occidental de Orán. En unos años, Younes se traslada junto a su nueva familia al próspero pueblo de Río Salado, un microcosmos donde reinan la armonía y la dicha, donde parece no importar ...more
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Published 2010 by Círculo de Lectores, S.A. (first published 2008)
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Steve
Nov 04, 2011 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

On the surface, this is an agonizingly thin story of love and renunciation. The events of the brutal war of liberation and the looming tragedy of the Algerian civil war color the novel, but are not the secret of its compelling inner life. This is a novel of lost love told without nostalgia. It is permeated by the spirit of forgiveness.

Younes/Jonas is a boy without a home, and later a young man without a clear place in the world around him. He stands with a foot in each camp that divides colonial
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Senda Bouyahya
Dec 20, 2013 Senda Bouyahya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un Coup de Cœur...! Vibrant, lumineux, époustouflant..Quel talent! Quelle éloquence! On dirait qu'il était inspiré par toutes les forces de l'univers en écrivant chaque phrase, chaque passage.. Une écriture merveilleusement musicale, un style très particulier...Yasmina Khadra sait très bien aller tout droit à son but. Au cœur du lecteur! Un roman profondément humain, généreux. Il parle des racines, de la dignité, du courage, de la sagesse, de l'ouverture et de la tolérance, de la vie et de toute ...more
Carmo
Jul 18, 2014 Carmo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritos, argélia
Não tinha referências deste autor nem dos seus livros. Foram as opiniões de alguns "colegas" de leituras - que já aprendi a levar em conta - que me convenceram a apostar no livro. Aposta ganha!

E agora chegada ao fim, entendi a dificuldade em falar do livro...
Uma vida contada da infância até à velhice, não é nada de novo, já se leu em 1001 livros. Então onde está a diferença?

Na escrita? Absolutamente! Sentimental e melódica arrebata-nos para dentro da história e esmaga-nos pela força da emoção.
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Teresa
Jun 30, 2016 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
...estou à cerca de uma hora a tentar escrever uma opinião sobre este livro...
Sinto-me incapaz de colocar em palavras as sensações, emoções, ensinamentos que este belíssimo livro me ofereceu.
Deixo apenas uma frase das tantas que me maravilharam:
“Se queres fazer da tua vida um elo de eternidade e manteres-te lúcido até no meio do delírio, ama... Ama com todas as tuas forças, ama como se não soubesses fazer mais nada, ama até causares inveja a príncipes e deuses... porque é no amor que qualquer fe
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João Carlos
May 13, 2016 João Carlos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

Fotograma do filme “O Que o Dia Deve à Noite”, com realização de Alexandre Arcady e com Nora Arnezeder (Émilie) e Fu'ad Aït Aattou (Younes/Jonas)

“O Que o Dia Deve à Noite” do argelino Yasmina Khadra (pseudónimo de Mohamed Moulessehoul) (n. 1955) é um daqueles livros que transcendem e alteram a percepção do leitor sobre a qualidade magistral de uma “história” escrita como uma prosa poética e sentimental, mas que reflecte sem subterfúgios os sentimentos humanos decorrentes dos condicionalismos ed
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Maria Roxana
Feb 06, 2016 Maria Roxana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
”Dacă vrei să faci din viaţa ta o verigă a eternităţii şi să rămâi lucid până în toiul delirului, iubeşte… Iubeşte cu toate puterile tale, iubeşte ca şi cum n-ai şti nimic altceva să faci, iubeşte într-atât încât să-i faci geloşi pe prinţese şi zei… pentru că în dragoste toată urâţenia îşi descoperă frumuseţea.”
Ima.lotus
Dec 01, 2011 Ima.lotus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: want to love histoy


Thinking about it, what I am going to write is not a review. It is just what I felt reading the book.


It is 4:52. I couldn’t stop reading till the last page.

I have never been found of history classes. I always hated dates. I understood history involvement in future, but never got over the idea of talking about famous people who were clearly a “nobody” to me. Let’s just say people I only knew their names, their faces, what they did in history, but I never felt related to any. I have always been pr
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Clara
Jul 26, 2016 Clara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mon tout premier contact avec Yasmina Khadra. Ce n'est habituellement pas dans cet ordre que je procède mais cette fois-ci, j'ai vu l'adaptation cinématographique de Ce que le jour doit à la nuit par Alexandre Arcady avant de lire le roman.

Ici, on suit toute la vie de Younès, fils de paysan dans l'arrière-pays oranais, et on voyage au cours de plusieurs décennies algériennes : des années 1930 lors de l’apogée de l’Algérie française à sa chute dans les années 1960. C'est l'occasion de découvrir
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Eva Dillner
Although we learn a lot about the history of Algier in this book, I found the main story of Younes/Jonas unsatisfying. He holds back, torments himself, doesn't find the courage to say yes to the love of his life, until it's too late, way way too late. I found his constant regurgitation of his sorrows to be quite depressing. The event in his life that supposedly kept him prisoner, feels rather insufficient to cause him such incapacity to live. I'm biased, I admit, I like people who despite circum ...more
Mar wa

"Celui qui passe à côté de la plus belle histoire de sa vie n'aura que l'âge de ses regrets et tous les soupirs du monde ne sauraient bercer son âme."


"Un jour, sans doute, on pourrait rattraper une comète, mais qui vient à laisser filer la vraie chance de sa vie, toutes les gloires de la terre ne sauraient l'en consoler."

"La vie est un train qui ne s'arrête à aucune gare. Ou on le prend en marche ou on le regarde passer sur le quai, et il n'est pire tragédie qu'une gare fantôme."

"Si une femme t'
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Baljit
Jun 11, 2011 Baljit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
am reading this in English- What the Day Owes the Night. this version is v recently published, and there does not seem to be an English entry in Goodreads. Just started yesterday and it seems promising already.

Having read other books by this writer, i have been activelt seeking out his new works. This book is not similar to others Ive read. It is the story of one man In Algeria, his life in the farms, of poverty, migration to the city, liivng in the slums, then his new life with his uncle. With
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Linda Pool
Mar 02, 2010 Linda Pool rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Such a great read. You can feel the emotions of the subject throughout. I could not put it down until the last paragraph.
رولا البلبيسي Rula  Bilbeisi
What the Day Owes the Night

This novel starts on the right track. The first part is so promising and strongly captures the readers’ attention. You feel strongly attached to “Younes” as you drift through his world. The slums, the poor, and the hard working proud father who is trying so hard to provide for his family, and when he fails, he looses his dignity, and runs away from humiliation.

We get to know the Algeria we never new, Algeria before, during and after the revolution that lead to its ind
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Roxana Cora
Apr 20, 2016 Roxana Cora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
am citit pe site-ul lumeamare.ro o recenzie extraordinara a acestei carti ...
a exprimat ceea ce am gandit si eu...


"Iar dincolo de poveste şi naraţiune, toată tristeţea asta este îmbrăcată într-o limbă atât de frumoasă că nu înţelegi de ce îţi vine să plângi de bucurie, nu de tristeţe. O replică a autorului într-un interviu din Observator Cultural explică poate această reacţie:
„Diferenţa dintre un mare scriitor şi un scriitor obişnuit este că acesta din urmă pune cuvinte pe emoţii, în timp ce un
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Francisco
Oct 06, 2010 Francisco rated it really liked it
Shelves: novela, franceses
Entre brumas, recuerdos, dolores y silencios, una severa historia de amor melancólica y sentida, dando la importancia que corresponde a amistades que perviven más allá de los años y de los enfrentamientos en una Argelia colonial que nos deja un magnífico sabor en los labios.
Muchas gracias a Mohammed Moulessehoul. De verdad.
David
May 12, 2016 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I had this book recommended to me by Nikos79 and this was a powerfully great read.Yasmina Khadra, author of the hit "The Swallows of Kabul" has a remarkable way with words (translated from French). Khadra, whose name is Mohammed Moulessehoul, is an Algerian soldier who now lives in France.He knows his land, his people and the Algerian history. Add in the romance and you have the making of a great story.

Set in Oran and nearby Rio Salado during the 1930's to the 1960's, I felt the ghost of Al
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Rusalka
Next!

Moving on from the wintry and chilling images of supernatural Muscovites, I picked up this novel of the Algerian revolution. The story starts with a boy called Younes, an Algerian boy, witnessing his family losing his family's lands. After a steep decline from that point onwards, his father ends up asking his uncle who has been educated in the West and married to a French woman, to look after Younes and raise him as his own. Younes then becomes Jonas, as he moves from a life of a poor Arab
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Célia
Aqui está um livro que eu nunca teria lido se não fossem as excelentes opiniões que fui lendo pelos blogues e Goodreads. Quando o vi à venda na Feira do Livro por 5, nem hesitei. Yasmina Khadra era um nome que desconhecia por completo - aliás, até pensei que fosse uma mulher, porque (descobri depois) o nome é um pseudónimo que o autor algeriano utilizou para não sofrer censura por parte do exército do seu país, onde permaneceu até 2001, altura em que a guerra civil no país ainda durava.

Este liv
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Sara Berbigão
Feb 05, 2016 Sara Berbigão rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"...recomendo vivamente esta leitura, é um livro que nos faz sentir e que nos ensina, acerca da história e da vida. A escrita é simplesmente maravilhosa. Preciso de ler os outros livros do autor!!" (opinião completa: http://encantodashistorias.blogspot.p...)
LaYinka Sanni
What the Day Owes the Night is a tale of a journey through life that begins in a shack in a deserted plain in Algeria and ends at an airport in France.

I was immediately drawn in by Khadra's photography of words, and my eyes pricked with tears as the story unfolded.

I found the first part of the book to be the strongest. It was intimate and crushing, and kept me turning pages in anticipation of what would happen next. The second part of the book, however, was frivolous and in some ways lacked dep
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Ana
Jun 08, 2014 Ana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Abençoada noite de insónia, acompanhada pela leitura deste memorável livro de Amor.
Como colocar em palavras tudo o que este livro me ofereceu?
O Amor em toda a sua plenitude é o fio condutor da vida, a lógica e a explicação para tudo.
Um texto admirável, triste, comovente e muito belo que nos fala do amor eterno, da amizade…
Um livro quase sensorial, que através da sua mágica prosa nos permite ver, ouvir, cheirar, tocar e até provar tantas emoções.
Mais um livro perfeito.
Claudia-Il giro del mondo attraverso i libri


E’ incredibile come alcuni libri vengano catapultati nella nostra vita senza che quasi ce ne rendiamo conto. Un sabato pomeriggio, uno scaffale di una biblioteca, lo sguardo che scorre sulle copertine e gli occhi che leggono un autore fino ad oggi a me sconosciuto. Una copertina scura, con una frase in bianco che spicca: “L’amore per una stessa ragazza, l’amore per uno stesso paese: il racconto delle passioni divoranti ed estreme di cui è fatta la Storia”. Ma con una presentazione così mica pote
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Asmaperle
Apr 12, 2016 Asmaperle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
j'ai lu ce trésor pour la deuxiéme fois et j'avoue qu'il réussis toujours a me fasciner *_* c'est un roman sur la douleur d'un peuple, sur ses valeurs, ses idéaux, ses étrangers qui n'en sont pas toujours, son histoire, son honneur, sa fierté, ses drames et ses espérances.
Un très beau livre Une très belle histoire d'amitié surtout, plus forte que la vie, que l'amour, que les préjugés et les différences.

Younes pour les Arabes, Jonas pour les Français, deux prénoms pour les deux côtés de cette Al
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Amina
Jan 15, 2014 Amina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Les mots m'échappent à chaque fois que j'essaye de décrire ce live. Cependant, j'ai pu trouver trois mots qui peuvent le décrire: IL EST FASCINANT!
Hanane Andalucia
Il faut savoir accepter. Avec le temps, on s'assagit.
Violeta Petrovska
Атентaт и Лaстoвиците oд Кaбул мнoгу пoвеќе ми се дoпaднaa.
Nikos79
Jan 21, 2016 Nikos79 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nothing more, nothing less, just an incredible book. The plot is set in Algeria, mostly in Oran and Rio Salado. The story starts from early 30's and ends about mid 60's when Algeria was a French colony. We follow the story of Junes who was born Muslim but grew up like a French. Partly a coming of age story, partly a political chronicle, the result is such an amazing mix, extremely difficult to leave anyone indifferent. Very hard to put this book down while the nice use of language by the writer ...more
Amandine
Cette fois encore, j’ai été charmée par l’écriture de cet auteur et par sa façon particulière de décrire les villes, en les personnifiant :
Oran ne manquait de rien, ni de charmes ni d’audace. Elle s’éclatait comme autant de feux d’artifice, faisant d’une boutade une clameur et d’une bonne cuite une liesse. Généreuse et spontanée, il n’était pas question, pour elle, de se découvrir une joie sans songer à la partager. Oran avait horreur de ce qui ne l’amusait pas. […] Belle, coquette, consciente d
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Radia
Nov 01, 2014 Radia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read this book in to separate sessions; I gotta say I liked the second part better, but I admit the first part that carried Younes's infant-hood and the tragic situation of his family was promising enough for such a turn of events. Later on when Younes is Jonas, living under his uncle's care, you can feel the boy's struggle identifying himself, the story upon the whole was captivating: the retelling of a lost love without any nostalgia, which makes the reader himself drown into a sea of r ...more
Farès
Jan 02, 2016 Farès rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apres plusieurs années, CE QUE LE JOUR DOIT A LA NUIT est le premier livre en français que j'ai lu et je doit dire que c’était un changement délectable.
Le style d’écriture de YASMINA KHADRA verge sur le naïf, c’était touchant et agréable. Cependant Younes/Jonas n'en finissait pas de m'agacé. Lui qui se transformait d'un petit garçon passif en un moudjahid malgré lui, et finalement en vieux pacifiste qui pardonne même ceux qui l'avais torturé, le tout biensur sans jamais vivre sa vie comme il le
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Yasmina Khadra (Arabic: ياسمينة خضراء, literally "green jasmine") is the pen name of the Algerian author Mohammed Moulessehoul.
Moulessehoul, an officer in the Algerian army, adopted a woman's pseudonym to avoid military censorship. Despite the publication of many successful novels in Algeria, Moulessehoul only revealed his true identity in 2001 after leaving the army and going into exile and seclu
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