Uncommon Alger

Sunday, August 21, 2016 | Algiers, Algeria (map)


« Son passé est surchargé des confrontations de l’histoire. Elle est la grande métropole de la rive sud de la Méditerranée. Ni Barcelone, ni Marseille, ni Naples, dans la lumière bleue, Alger la Blanche! »

French-speaking readers, there is your mysterious, enticing introduction. English-speaking readers, let me fill you in: This week I'm proud to announce that the newly published French-language Uncommon Alger is available for sale here in Algiers. I've just picked up my copy today and it is beautiful!

Based in London, Uncommon Guidebooks publish just that—unusual guides to cities around the world that are as much travel guide as cultural artifact in and of themselves. Filled with vivid photos, unique essays, artwork, comics, historical documents, and more, the books capture and convey the atmosphere of a place.

To this new volume on Algiers, I contributed a photo (of women wearing the
traditional Algerian haïk, taken at the Belaredj collective's November 1, 2014 outing) and a chapter, entitled "Bien Venue on Algerie". (Yes, French-speakers, that is deliberately misspelled, as you will understand if you read the story!) The chapter is a much refined, translated version of the misadventures and misunderstandings I endured in my quest to find my first apartment here in Algiers (which I described previously on this blog in my four-part "House Hungers Algiers" series: I, II, III, IV).

I'm honored and humbled to share these pages with some extremely talented local writers and artists whose gifts are on full display in this volume, combining to communicate the essence of the amazing, tragic, beautiful, and utterly unique city that is Algiers. Many thanks to the Uncommon team, especially to publisher Dora Bouhara for choosing me to help share a bit of her hometown with the world through this project.

"Uncommon Alger" is available online for delivery in Europe at Uncommon Guides' website, or for worldwide delivery through Amazon.com. It is available in Algiers at: 

Support an amazing project by buying your copy today—or better yet, buy a few!

6 comments:

Unknown said...

can we buy it from USA? By the way your work is outstanding.

Andrew Farrand said...

Yes! Get it in the US via Amazon at http://amzn.to/2bGr1Yy

Unknown said...

ok thank you wlid bladi :)

Andrew Farrand said...

Haha not quite! But I'm learning more each day...
Bonne lecture and let me know how you like it!

Alamosa1 said...

I need to explore your site so I have something intelligent to ask you. If you haven't walked down Chemin El-Bakri do so--I lived on the street as a child. It was called Chemin Mackley back then. Our family house was no. 8 but from google earth it looks like the area has seen tremendous development--used to have empty fields we were on the edge of town then. The Japanese Embassy is at no. 1 El-Bakri...it was there back then too.

Andrew Farrand said...

@Alamosa1 How interesting - that is a beautiful area. And yes, like many others, it has probably changed considerably. Algiers has seen a lot of development and construction just in the short few years I've been here. You should come back to visit some time and see for yourself.

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