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It is the English version of the author's novel written in Arabic and published in 2002. The place where the events of the novel take place is a high school in Algiers at the beginning of the seventies. The characters are Algerian, Arab and Western teachers. Their cultures and their temperaments and attitudes vary from moderation to extremism.
Naturally, professional relations do not prevent them from forging bonds of friendship and love, and sometimes those of hatred because of linguistic, ideological and racial conflicts.
The reader can follow three passionate love stories between main characters, an Algerian young man, a French young girl, an Egyptian young man and an Algerian young girl, presented in a simple way. These stories reflect, in a way, human relations among peoples. They also raise the question of the success of mixed marriage.
The novel severely criticizes the method of teaching Arabic compared to other languages. It also describes two conflicting methods in the Algerian school administration.
In the end, the novel evokes the cultural atmosphere of the time. It gives the reader some examples of domestic and foreign cultural centers activities specially those of Egypt, France and the British Council.
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