In “Sukshm Mundi”, Oran’s three children toss between OAS and FLN – Liberation

With “In Fine Mundi”, Andres Serrano takes us to Oran, during the deportation of the French from Algeria, in the footsteps of children killed by a murderer.

July 1962. Oran. “11am, the sun is already grilling the city”. Andres Serrano had the experience of emigrating that year, and he immersed us, first of all, immersed in all the bad guys on how to make promises. Their mischief, their anger, their nonsense. The story revolves around three boys who target a murderer. They were then almost the same age as Andres, and engaged in a game that was not their age. “Without slate and tiles in these buildings, huge burning terraces provided a great playground for poor children”, The author wrote. Who clarifies, a little later: “What he discovered there was a denial of the painting by the author Plague: The scent of trees and roses in the public garden or school yard illuminates this suburb..

“People hate those who treat them well.”

Inspector Abel Helme, still returning to France, will find himself soon, like many others. “Spooky on his mission” The killer did not even reach to save a child. The face of the police To the losers of OASAReport “Church ambiguity with two camps”And in particular “In the lives of small people in the Lions City District”. You can hear the birds raised in the cage, you can smell the dishes prepared for lunch, you can see the people who inhabited the building. “Reading the names in isolated mailboxes, he thought of this great coup d’etat of people who traveled the world to alleviate suffering or to conquer their freedom in new lands. Here, the titles resonated with Andalusian music: Bena, Para, Rig or Garcia.”

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Outside of a very fine description of the society of the time, Andres Serrano, a professional musician became a historian, details “Human relationships” Who was presiding at the time. “When it comes to leading a country, people despise those who treat them well and respect those who give them no concessions. This is true in our country, in Western countries where, however, the sense of dominance of democratic rule should be tempered. But then in Arab-Muslim countries this law is applied with such brutality that we become a cause of pity for the rulers … believe me, Algeria will be ruled with an iron fist!A

To carry out his investigation, Helmek is helped by a “civilian” to cross the stairs who knows the surrounding area like the back of his hand and will guide him like a brother. Together, they will cross paths with Leon Mignoni, a successful entrepreneur, doubled as a pure bastard. Mignoni knew “Take advantage of the massive increase in wine production in Algeria, which was essential for the process of developing Languedoc wines that contain very low levels of alcohol.”. Mignoni therefore fought in Algeria “French remains folded”And there were even “One of the most energetic executors of nationalist cause, going so far […] Be the most cruel of the killers. “

“The world of street children”

This children’s story explains her, Serrano Release. “All these kids, these games they have, I was in them. The killing of the elderly, a way of describing the working-class neighborhood, and the world of children living on the streets up to Mignoni, who really existed … “ This Spanish culture where he was immersed forbade him to go to young girls. It was a ban. “We were initiated into boys. We were affected by the war. In this remote area, we, the poor kids, we pasted OAS leaflets, and at the same time, we hid weapons for the FLN.

Guitarist, singer… Andres Serrano has long survived music. He graduated at the age of 30 and then became a history teacher. The characters he describes are bigger than life. Those who go like this priest “Type” A wealthy bank robber wants to return the money taken from the OAS to the families who took the boat to France. He witnessed the Oran massacre, an episode rarely recorded, and he emphasized: “Things are not white or black. As I write, I reminisce about my childhood, how people became ferocious wolves … “ Fierce is a good word for a summary of this Noir novel.

In fine mundiAndrès Serrano, New World, 370pp., 19.90 euros (14.99 euros on ebook)

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