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Rima Elkouri is a journalist and columnist for La Presse. She is the winner of the Prix Jules-Fournier from the Conseil supérieur de la langue française and has published a collection of her journalism, Pas envie d’être arabe, with Éditions Somme toute. Manam  is Elkouri’s first novel, originally published in French in 2019. She lives in Montreal.

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Manam sings us through the fictional life of its protagonist’s grandmother. Elkouri’s writing is lyrical and soothing as she resurrects the hard early life of her own grandmother who survived the decimation of Armenia in 1915. She approaches the reality of war with words that commemorate the life of her Teta. Elkouri writes, “what is worse than death is forgetting.” Her work fulfills the curiosity we carry of our ancestors and is a reminder to all of us to honour their lives and, more importantly, to never forget them.”

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