Local Therapy

by Soleïman Adel Guémar

Soleïman Adel Guémar is about the same age as the independent republic of Algeria. He worked as a freelance investigative journalist from 1991 until 2002, when he claimed political asylum in the UK following threats to his life. The last article he published as a resident of Algeria was titled ‘Dangerous Investigations’ (Liberté, 26.11.2002). The stories in ‘Local Therapy’ (translated by Tom Cheesman, ISBN 978-0-9545147-6-1, with cover photo by Christian Als) mostly first appeared in the Algerian press between 1992 and 2002. Adel’s stories, like his poetry, have “a fighter’s edge, a tough beauty” (Lisa Appignanesi). They address the agonies of contemporary Algeria and the survival, despite everything, of dreams of a different world.

On Sale: 11/02/2012


Publication date: 23/01/2012

ISBN: 978-0-9545147-6-1

Category: Fiction

About Soleïman

Soleïman Adel Guémar was born and raised in Algiers. Initially considering a career in the army, he quit his engineering studies to spend two years in Paris working in publishing. He returned to Algiers in 1991, to work as a journalist. By the end of 2002, Soleïman and his family had to leave Algeria to seek safety in the UK.

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