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Amara Lakhous

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 Vittorio

Gladiator is a prickly racist who pees in the elevator of his apartment building off Rome’s Piazza San Vittorio. He’s murdered, and the police consider the prime suspect to be Amedeo, a big-hearted neighbor who knows the city’s streets like the back of his hand.


The Brooklyn Rail

APRIL 2023

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