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.
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.