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The African Equation
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Kurt Krausmann, a recently bereaved Frankfurt doctor, is persuaded to join his friend, wealthy benefactor Hans Makkenroth, on a humanitarian mission to the Comoros. The journey helps him begin to confront his loss, but soon misfortune strikes again: the boat he and Hans are travelling in is hijacked in the Gulf of Aden and the men are taken hostage. Held in a remote hideout, the prisoners suffer harsh conditions and the brutality of their guards; self-styled warriors, ex-army captains and even poets drawn to banditry through poverty or opportunism. When the group decamps to a lawless desert region and Hans is taken away, Kurt sinks deeper into despair. But fellow inmate Bruno, a French ethnologist who has been travelling Africa for 40 years, attempts to show Kurt another side to the wounded yet defiant continent he has taken to his heart.

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Yasmina Khadra. (2015). The African Equation. Gallic Books.

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Yasmina Khadra. 2015. The African Equation. Gallic Books.

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        In this latest from Khadra (The Swallows of Kabul), Kurt Krausmann's world is deeply shaken by the suicide of his beautiful wife, whom he adored. So severely depressed that he can no longer work in his medical practice and seeking to distract himself from his grief, Kurt accepts an offer from his friend, millionaire industrialist Hans Makkenroth, to join him on a humanitarian mission to the Comoros on his private boat. As they sail to the island nation in the Indian Ocean, Hans and Kurt are kidnapped by Somali pirates who attempt to obtain a ransom for Hans. During their captivity, Kurt falls in love with fellow physician Elena Juarez while also befriending Bruno, who is French by birth but prefers to live in Africa. Bruno shows Kurt another side of the African people he greatly admires, calling them "an enduring flame that brightened and revived them every time the darkness tried to overwhelm them." VERDICT Despite some abrupt transitions in the last section of the story, this is a memorable tale of resilience and redemption, reminding us what it means to be alive. Reading groups will devour this excellent work.--Lisa Rohrbaugh, Leetonia Community P.L., OH

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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