The Child of the Ancient People

by Anouar Benmalek

Historical Fiction Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

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A powerful historical novel of three very different people thrown together on a voyage in 1872, from Europe to Australia. Brutal, sensual and moving, if you liked Star of the Seayou should read this.

The Child of the Ancient People Synopsis

It is 1872. Lislei is a young French woman escaping from the bloody turmoil of the Paris commune; Kader is an Arab prince fleeing from the revolt of the Saharan tribesmen in Algeria. Together they succeed in boarding an old sailing ship bound for Australia. With them, on board ship, is Tridarir, an orphan, who is the last representative of his people, the Tasmanian Aboriginals. Set against the backdrop of British colonial expansion, Benmalek masterfully reveals the international upheavals of the nineteenth-century.

From disorder in France to the bright open shores of Australia this is an epic novel of passion and high adventure culminating in a deeply moving and extraordinary love story.

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ISBN: 9780099453697
Publication date: 04/11/2004
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9780099453697
Publication date: 4th November 2004
Author: Anouar Benmalek
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Genres: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction,

About Anouar Benmalek

Anouar Benmalek was born in Casablanca in 1956 and is one of Algeria's most respected Writers. After the 1988 riots in protest at government policies, he became one of the founders of the Algerian Committee against Torture.

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