The world is in a state of disorder, and so is Europe, or maybe we should say: especially Europe. The continent that used to be a symbol for democracy, science and Enlightenment is being torn apart. Populists are battling idealists, greed is outrunning humanity. The work of Munir Hachemi, a Spanish author of Algerian descent, is placed within the crossfires of this phenomenon. Munir is a versatile man: he writes novels, runs a poetry publishing house, and is currently writing his doctoral thesis on the work of Borges.
His book Living Things (which has, confusingly enough, also been published under the title Long Journey) tells the tale of four men. These men are not immigrants, but they find themselves between a rock and a hard place nonetheless. They travel to the south of France: their plan is to make some money working in the harvest of grapes. They wind up on a chicken farm instead. There they find all the dark subject matter of contemporary Europe: man versus nature, man versus capitalism, and man versus borders. Living Things is a book that is placed at the heart of the current European debate.
Munir Hachemi (1989) is a Spanish author, scholar and publisher. He is currently writing a doctoral thesis on the work of Jorge Luis Borges.
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Munir Hachemi is part of the Saturday evening programme The Chronicles.
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