Street of Thieves

Street of Thieves

Title:Street of Thieves
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:265 pages

Recipient of three French literary awards, Mathias Énard's follow-up to the critically acclaimed Zone is a timely novel about a young Moroccan boy caught up in the turbulent events of the Middle East, and a possible murder.

Exiled from his family for religious transgressions related to his feelings for his cousin, Lakhdar finds himself on the streets of Barcelona hiding from both the police and the Muslim Group for the Propagation of Koranic Thoughts, a group he worked for in Tangiers not long after being thrown out on the streets by his father.

Lakhdar's transformations—from a boy into a man, from a devout Muslim into a sinner—take place against the backdrop of some of the most important events of the past few years: the violence and exciting eruption of the Arab Spring and the devastating collapse of Europe's economy.

If all that isn't enough, Lakhdar reunites with a childhood friend—one who is planning an assassination, a murder Lakhdar opposes.

A finalist for the prestigious Prix Goncourt, Street of Thieves solidifies Énard's place as one of France's most ambitious and keyed-in novelists of this century. This novel may even take Zone's place in Christophe Claro's bold pronouncement that Énard's earlier work is "the novel of the decade, if not of the century."

Mathias Énard studied Persian and Arabic and spent long periods in the Middle East. A professor of Arabic at the University of Barcelona, he received several awards for Zone—also available from Open Letter—including the Prix du Livre Inter and the Prix Décembre.

Charlotte Mandell has translated works from a number of important French authors, including Marcel Proust, Gustave Flaubert, Jean Genet, Guy de Maupassant, and Maurice Blanchot, among others.

    Street of Thieves Reviews

  • Jonfaith

    It was impossible to guess if he had been hurt by my suspicions or if his own fate saddened him, like an incurable disease.This is a necessary, timely novel. I admit to a hesitation, a shame about con...

  • Ashlie

    "I have made use of the world. Life consumes everything- books accompany us, revolt or resignation, in faith or abondonment."This is the first book of Enard that I read, and I enjoyed it very muc...

  • Chad Post

    DISCLAIMER: I am the publisher of the book and thus spent approximately two years reading and editing and working on it. So take my review with a grain of salt, or the understanding that I am deeply i...

  • Antonomasia

    Not as weird as I expected from the twisty, angular cover design - the structure is straightforwardly linear - nor from the author's reputation preceding him for the sort-of-single-sentence Zone, but ...

  • Lee Klein

    Reviewed for 3 AM: Recommended for anyone interested in but maybe daunted by Zone. Straightforward, supercontemporary (includes events from April 2012), forwa...

  • jeremy

    life consumes everything - books accompany us, like my two penny thrillers, those proletarians of literature, travel companions, in revolt or resignation, in faith or abandonment. mathias énard's st...

  • Justin Evans

    Not my thing, and I felt that all the more because I was coming to this from the fascinating Compass, and knew that Enard's other Englished novel is a five-hundred page sentence. All of that suggests ...

  • Bruce

    When a novelist writes in the context of current events, a reader can either judge his book by its verisimilitude to known events or judge the book as a work of literature that just happens to use cur...

  • Reid

    In a comparative phrase, this is Huck Finn intertwined with The Stranger, written and set in the early 2010's in Europe and North Africa, and it just may be as good as both books. The epigraph is a qu...

  • Chad Felix

    Around 3 a.m. last night, I picked up Paterson, a book-length poem by William Carlos Williams that I have not read, and got into bed, finally pulling into the sheets. I opened to the author’s prefac...