Interview with Rachida Brakni, author

The actress signe a first book: Kaddour. The story of six days of mourning, from the announcement of her father's death to his burial, during which she recalls all she knows about his childhood in Algeria, working in the fields, and all those years crisscrossing France as a delivery driver... A portrait that gives flesh to all these men, often reduced to their condition as immigrant workers. Poignant..

How did the death of your father inspire you to write? Kaddour ?

I don't think there was, strictly speaking, a genesis for this book. A few months after my father's death, I felt a compelling need to expel something. It was a deeply physical sensation. Without any ulterior motive, I opened my computer, started writing and didn't stop..

You hadn't premeditated anything?

No. My first sentence was: " Saturday August 15, 2020, is not a day to die This was followed by a nine-month gestation period for the book, which was actually quite fluid, during which a six-day-six-act division very quickly became apparent. I realized right away that I wanted to start with the announcement of my father's death and go right through to his funeral, that recounting the daily life of those six days would allow me to move back and forth between present and past, that in this way I would be able to write about my relationship with this man and, above all, delve into the trajectory that was his (...)

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