Amara Lakhous was born in Algiers in 1970. He has a degree in philosophy from the University of Algiers and another in cultural anthropology from the University la Sapienza, Rome. Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio (Europa Editions, 2008) was awarded Italy's prestigious Flaiano Prize. He is also the author of Divorce Islamic Style and Dispute Over a Very Italian Piglet. Antony Shugaar is the author of I Lie for a Living and Latitude Zero: Tales of the Equator. For Europa Editions he has translated among others novels by Massimo Carlotto, Stefano Benni, Domenico Starnone, and Carmine Abate.
Praise for Amara Lakhous
French and British literatures have long been enriched by the
biculturalism of authors like Tahar Ben Jelloun, Amin Maalouf,
Gaitam Malkani, and Monica Ali. With talented new writers like
Lakhous, Italy is closing the gap.
--The New York Times As a novelist of culture clash, Lakhous has the faculty to maintain colorful voices with the luxury of introducing political themes as instantiations of character.