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Chaïm Helka was born in 1975 to an Algerian father and a Spanish mother and spent part of his adolescence abroad. Today, he lives and works in Dijon. His literary influences range from Louis-Ferdinand Céline to Charles Bukowski and he cites among the books that have most influenced him Racine’s Phèdre, Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary and Melville’s Moby Dick. After Nous sommes un orage sous le crâne d’un sourd (2013), Sarasqueta is his second novel published by La Manufacture de livres.