War takes no prisoners. It involves everyone - even children.
Twin brothers, Amed and Aziz, live in the peaceful shade of their family’s orange grove. But when a bomb kills the boys’ grandparents, they become pawns in their country’s civil war. Blood demands more blood and, at the command of a local militant group, either Ahmed or Aziz must strap on a belt of explosives and make the ultimate sacrifice. Years later, the surviving twin works as an actor in wintry Montreal. A theatre director gives him a role that forces the young man to reconsider his decisions. Will Ahmed – or is it Aziz? – release himself from the past?
Why Peirene chose to publish this book:
'This story made me cry. Since the dawn of civilisation we have justified war by claiming that we are creating a better future for our children. And yet don’t we run the risk of laying a curse on future generations? This story reminds us of our obligation to forgive – ourselves as well as others.' Meike Ziervogel
Translated from the French by Sheila Fischman
East and West Series
160pp, paperback with flaps, £12
Published May 2017