Amara Lakhous was born in Algiers in 1970. His first novel, Le cimici e il pirata (Bedbugs and the Pirate), was published in 1999. He lives in Italy.
Ann Goldstein is an editor at The New Yorker.
Excerpt from Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza VittorioBy Amara Lakhous
Gladiator is a prickly racist who pees in the elevator of his apartment building off Romes Piazza San Vittorio. Hes murdered, and the police consider the prime suspect to be Amedeo, a big-hearted neighbor who knows the citys streets like the back of his hand.