The Bridges of Constantine

by Mosteghanemi, Ahlem


Remarkable, insightful … The elegiac quality is present not just in the themes, but also in the astonishingly poetic language throughout . I stopped and marvelled every few pages … This is one of the richest and most evocative books that I have read all year, I only hope we don’t have to wait too long for the two sequels to The Bridges of Constantine to be published in English. The Arab-speaking world shouldn’t get to keep Mosteghanemi’s novels all to itself (Independent)

A window into a different world (Daily Mail)

Mosteghanemi is a good storyteller, and her plot picks up when it moves to the Maghreb. She delivers a scathing portrait of Algeria’s corrupt leadership (Independent)

Ahlem has carved a place for herself as one of the most important writers of the Arab world (Youssef Chahine, Egyptian director, winner of the Cannes Film Lifetime Achievement Award)

Book Description

From ‘the most successful writer in the Arab world’ (Forbes), the million-copy bestseller The Bridges of Constantine is a sweeping, beautifully written love story set in Paris between a former fighter in Algeria’s wars of independence and the daughter of a revolutionary hero