In Italy, he earned a second degree in Cultural Anthropology, writing about Muslim-Arab immigrants in Italy and this is may have given birth to this second novel.
All narrations are linked to one event, and each narrator comments on it: a murder has been committed in their elevator, and the person they thought to be their kindest neighbour Amadeo is accused of it.
While discussing, in many voices, subjects as deeply affecting and traumatising as poverty, prejudice, racism, rape, murder, immigration, and integration, Lakhous remains tender towards his characters and empathetic towards his fellow human being. He remains humourous, trilingually so.
His latest novel, published in English in March 2012 (in the UK) is called 'Divorce Islamic Style', also translated by Ann Goldstein.
Want an audio-bite? You can listen to this fun NPR podcast aboutClash of Civilizations Over an Elevator.
For a link to Lakhous' other books HERE.