The Saracen’s Share

Original title: La part du sarrasin

Author: Cherfi, Magyd

Publication Date:

August 2020

Pages:

432

Original language and publisher

French | Actes Sud

Territories Handled

Netherlands, North America, Scandinavia

Genre

Literary Fiction

The Saracen’s Share

Original title: La part du sarrasin

Author: Cherfi, Magyd

Synopsis

With his bac under his belt, Magyd aka Le Madge tests his dreams of music and political activism, dividing his time between his mates in the suburbs and his artist friends in the center of town. Le Madge and his gang write songs, rehearse and play gigs at makeshift venues to mixed response. On stage or with his gang form the hood, they also face racist violence. At that time, while the Front National is on the rise, a wide, anti-racist, cross-country demonstration takes centrestage in the media: “la Marche des Beurs”, led by a first generation French youth.

Magyd’s nationality is literature. He only knows a few words of his parents’ native Arabic. But when he’s with white French people, he is never completely himself. Where does a distant descendant of the Saracens fit into France?

The helter-skelter, bitter-sweet journey of a poetry-loving singer songwriter who believes in fraternity but has to contend with the burden of his origins, the violence on his housing estate and the ambient racism.