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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
Hardcover, 356 pages
Published 2010 by Círculo de Lectores, S.A. (first published 2008)
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Steve

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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Carmo Santos
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
...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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Senda Bouyahya
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
Baljit
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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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
Ima.lotus
Dec 01, 2011 Ima.lotus rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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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Liviu
"Dacă vrei să faci din viața ta o verigă a eternității și să rămâi lucid până în toiul delirului, iubește ... Iubește cu toate puterile tale, iubește ca și cum n-ai ști nimic altceva să faci, iubește într-atât încât să-i faci geloși pe prințese și zei ... pentru că în dragoste toată urâțenia își descoperă frumusețea."

"Cel care trece pe lângă cea mai frumoasă poveste din viață lui nu va avea decât vârsta regretelor sale și toate suspinele din lume n-ar putea să-i aline sufletul ..."
Linda Pool
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.
Marwa marwoocha

"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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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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João Carlos
“O Que o Dia Deve à Noite” do argelino Yasmina Khadra (pseudónimo de Mohamed Moulessehoul)) 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 educacionais e comportamentais das personagens – absolutamente memoráveis.
Nos primeiros capítulos (I - Jenane Jato) são acontecimentos trágicos que vão moti
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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
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


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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Francisco
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.
Amina Landjerit
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!
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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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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Farès
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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Entre mis libros y yo
No ha sido lo que esperaba ya que en ocasiones me ha resultado lento e incluso repetitivo, pero sí me ha conquistado la prosa del autor así que repetiré.
Elizabeth
very interesting historical viewpoint about Algeria's independence through the eyes of an Arab. Built in with love story to keep the history going. I enjoyed both especially the descriptions of the poor.
Pierre-jean
Excellemment bien écrit et prenant.
Camille Fabre
Yasmina Khadra is one of my favorite author. This ex-military has written excellent books, my two favorite being The Attack and What the day owes the night. I will focus for this review on What the day owes the night which has been translated into English in 2010.

This book has a strong signification for a lot of French people as it tells the story of Younes, the adopted son of an Algerian and his French wife during the time of colonial Algeria. The timespan of the novel is pretty long, from 1930
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Iceman
Sinceramente, face à beleza desta obra, aos sentimentos que me proporcionou a sua leitura, é complicado conseguir escrever uma opinião que transmita toda a sua excelência e o quanto mágica a terna é a sua prosa, pois essa magia, esse encanto e beleza flui pelas suas 350 páginas de uma forma, diria, como uma suave fragrância que nos vai hipnotizando e nos transporta, nos carrega e nos situa, não só nos locais, como, e isso só está ao alcance dos grandes escritores, nos faz sentir, cheirar, ouvir ...more
Carpe Diem
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
Alain
Yasmina Khadra relate l?histoire de l?Alg?rie des ann?es 30 jusqu?? l?ind?pendance. Younes, le narrateur, ?g? d?une dizaine d?ann?es au d?but du r?cit, est issu d?un milieu paysan tr?s pauvre. Afin de lui offrir un avenir meilleur son p?re la confie ? son oncle, pharmacien ? Oran, qui vit dans la communaut? europ?enne. Toute sa vie, Younes sera tiraill? entre ces deux communaut? et voudra rester fid?le aux deux. Au moment de la guerre d?ind?pendance, beaucoup lui reprocheront son attitude et l?a ...more
Maria Grazia
Un bambino prima, poi un ragazzo, poi un giovane uomo, gli anni passano, ma lui non sa chi è, arabo dagli occhi azzurri, cresciuto come un europeo, con amici francesi, nell'Algeria che da colonia francese, attraverso violenze indicibili, diventa nazione indipendente. Ma l'anima di Younes/Jonas è sospesa tra due mondi e tra due fedeltà, così come è sospeso il suo amore per una ragazza bellissima e proibita.
La cavalcata degli anni riunirà gli amici di un tempo, diventati nemici per le imperscrutab
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Simona

People say that a really good book is the one that you will want to read again. Well 'Ce que le jour doit à la nuit' is definitely a book to read and reread. The story of Younes/Jonas just like the story of Algeria is bright and sweet but at the same time tough and cruel. It's the way the author himself tells us “Life is a train that stops at no stations you either jump aboard or stand on the platform and watch as it passes.” Yasmina Khadra,Ce que le jour doit à la nuit


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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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