Karim Miské


To refuse to belong to a religion, a social class, a "race".

To never choose a side. Woman, poor, black or enslaved: this is a book for all those who feel "outside" and who, instead of suffering, decide to make an identity out of it.

« Of Franco-Mauritanian origin, Karim Miské grew up in the more affluent 5th arrondissement of Paris at a time when the influence of the French Communist party was strong in certain circles of the intelligentsia. While some might imagine Miské spending his childhood puzzling over the complexities of his mixed heritage, he was, in fact, accompanying his intellectual mother on missions to Albania. The totalitarianism there came as a shock but it was through that discovery that the author learned about the masks people wear. And, he believes, it is precisely the loss of ideological masks that has led people to value religious and ethnic identities over political ones. » (Ben Faccini, interview on Arab jazz)

Unafraid of tabous, funny, thought-provoking and one of a kind: Unbelonging intertwines childhood memories and socio-political analyses and mixes together topics of our time. A book about diversity and a must-read!

About the author

Karim Miské (ENG)
Karim Miske was born in 1964 in Abidjan to a Mauritanian father and a (...)

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