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Mahir Guven

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Mahir Guven

Mahir Guven was born in 1986 in Nantes, the stateless child of refugees, his mother from Turkey and his Kurdish father from Iraq. He grew up with his grandmother between the city and vineyards. Older Brother, his first novel, was awarded the Goncourt First Novel Prize in 2018.

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  • The lives of two brothers take radically different paths in Guven’s thoughtful and sometimes surprisingly witty debut. The brothers, in their 20s and dissatisfied with their lives, are the sons of a Syrian emigre taxi driver in Paris and a French mother who has died by the...
    — Publishers Weekly, Sep 13 2019
  • Older Brother is the poignant story of a Franco-Syrian family whose father and two sons try to integrate themselves into a society that doesn't offer them many opportunities. The father, an atheist communist who moved from Syria to France for his studies and stayed for love,...
    — The Reading Desk, Sep 12 2019
  • "A striking debut that reveals the breadth of emotional disconnection that prejudice can stoke within a family.”
    — Kirkus Review, Jul 15 2019

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