Published by l'Aleph in November 2013


2009 BOOK AWARDS www.indieexcellence.com

Multicultural Fiction Finalist




Shalom Tower Syndrome was also a Finalist in the "Fiction & Literature"category at 

The National Best Books 2007 Awards.

It was also released in 2008 in Italian by Edizioni Fabio Croce

The novel is set in Israel. Alexis, who grew up in Rwanda-Burundi, is the son of an Italian Jew and a beautiful mulatto woman. As a young adult, he now queries the complexity of his roots: African-European and Judeo-Christian (his mother was raised a Catholic). The author guides the reader through a progression of exciting and complicated episodes involving Alexis. With his American wife he will vacation in Israel, and that stay will be a turning point in his life. The past catches up with him, exploding with the images of one man's life kaleidoscope: the memories of his African years, colliding with the more recent images of Milan, the smells, the colors and the primeval beauty of the black continent, mingling with those of Italy, as well as with the violent feelings Israel stirs in him. In that dense and haunting atmosphere he will meet young Israelis, a Palestinian and a German professor, the nephew of a Nazi soldier who died during WWII. Will Alexis finally reconcile himself with the conflicting parts of his identity? Will he feel more African or more European; more Catholic or more Jewish; or will his new environment help him find peace within himself, in spite of the country’s current dangers? The ‘mystery’ will unravel in the last chapter of this largely autobiographical novel. ‘There is a type of novel whose aim, as Jonathan Swift wrote of his intention behind Gulliver's Travels, is to “vex the world rather than divert it.” If it's a good and true novel then it will inevitably also serve both as a vexatious testament and a diverting read. Such is Albert Russo's I-sraeli Syndrome.

I-sraeli Syndrome is very much a biography of the soul, and as much as that of any latter-day Harry Haller, and Russo seems to have dredged in its pages the depths of his own being in order to have written it.’ 

                          David Alexander                              


Excerpt from James Baldwin's letter to the author, penned the year of his death: “I like your work very much indeed. It has a very gentle surface and a savage under-tow. You're a dangerous man.”

See the author's own French version entitled LA TOUR SHALOM, published by Editions Hors Commerce in 2005 . SHALOM TOWER SYNDROME was also published in Italian in 2008 by Libreria Edizioni Croce

Albert RUSSO



Sang mêlé

Le grand roman

d'Albert Russo


Ginkgo Editeur 

Diffusion/distribution CDE/Sodis





Editions France Loisirs



Quelques unes de mes photos exposées au

Musée de l'Elysée à Lausanne, au Louvre, à l'espace Cardin à Paris et à Venise /

Some of my photos were exhibited at the

Museum of Photography in Lausanne, Switzerland, at the Louvre, the Pierre Cardin Space, both in Paris, and in Venice







A trilogy of Albert Russo’s



African novels set in

the former Belgian Congo

and Rwanda-Urundi






XLibris - English

- Lettre de James Balwin à Albert Russo à propos de 'Sang Mêlé ':


“... J’aime votre écriture, car dans un style policé vous exprimez des sentiments violents, faisant éclater des vérités terrifiantes.”


- Voici ce que le grand écrivain contemporain, Edmund White, l'auteur de la magistrale biographie de Jean Genet et de romans à succès, dit de SANG MELE :


"Albert Russo a su recréer, à travers les joies et les angoisses d'un jeune métis congolais, les tensions de la vie moderne, qu'il s'agisse des relations entre noirs et blancs, entre le Tiers monde et nos sociétés technologiquement avancées, ou de la question toujours épineuse de l'homosexualité ...  SANG MELE est un roman que l'on ne lache pas, tel quel, il est envoûtant."




The Norwegian Public Schools have chosen Albert Russo's poem LOST IDENTITY for their students' (close to 2,000) final English examinations, before they can enter university.


tell me what to do
tell me where to go
am I losing my bearings?
why are you still
by my side?
I don’t recognize you anymore
I can’t remember
the good times
they seem to have dissolved
into a slipstream
give me your hand
I want to feel its pulse
I’m suddenly so cold inside
and terribly spare
because it is not you
I’ve become a stranger to
but myself 


City of lovers / of wonder

Parie la Grosse Pomme

Indie excellence finalist



New York at heart

New York au coeur


Indie excellence finalist




Body glorious /

Corps à corps


Books And Authors 2008 WINNER


Indie excellence finalist



Photolaureate 2009


Ville d’Avray, France







Bruxelles au galop

Brussels Ride





All photos and English book covers are by /


Toutes les photos et couvertures de livres en anglais sont de /





You are on the official website of the author, Albert RUSSO. The website was entirely refounded. The accent was put on the simplicity of use – the beginners in computer science as the most experimented will be able to sail and go through different rubrics simply. Since the works of the author have been written originally in English and in French, the website appears in both languages. 




Vous êtes sur le site officiel de l'écrivain, Albert RUSSO. Le site a été entièrement refondé. L'accent a été mis sur la simplicité d'utilisation - les novices en informatique comme les plus expérimentés pourront naviguer et parcourir les différentes rubriques en toute simplicité. Les œuvres de l'auteur écrites à l'origine en français ou en anglais, il était tout a fait naturel que le site soit rédigé à la fois en français et en anglais.



both written originally by Albert Russo turned into movie by Wildsound feature film - producer Matthew Toffolo:


EUR-AFRICAN EXILES, published by l’Aleph, Wisehouse Publishing: http://l-aleph.com/wordpress/?p=615 +




EXILS AFRICAINS publié par Ginkgo Éditeur, Paris:





Watch novel ADOPTED BY AN AMERICAN HOMOSEXUAL IN THE BELGIAN CONGO by Albert Russo, a Wildsound feature film, English book by l'Aleph - Wisehouse Publishing, French book: SANG MÊLÉ by Ginkgo Éditeur, both originally written by Russo.

See the whole video:




the single episodes:

Chapter 1 of AAHBC movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJP58K1hnjA

Chapter 2 of AAHBC movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DuOQeLeIqU

Chapter 3 of AAHBC movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEfwwhuQeTs

Chapter 4 of AAHBC movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vngZj6hripA

Chapter 5 of AAHBC movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81MCo2FG-VA

Chapter 6 of AAHBC movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwLImGQjlsc




The photo ‘Guitars amid Venitian masks’ by Albert Russo

was displayed at the Louvre Museum in Paris

 celebrating The Exposure Award on July 13th, 2015.



CMC blog: http://chameleon.l-aleph.com/

This is the author's major work of literature in English, it is an unconventional, atypical memoir entitled CALL ME CHAMELEON (or CMC), and it encompasses seven decades of living, writing and photographing,

on four continents. Please read any post that might attract you on this link and kindly respond on the blog itself (not by private email). With much appreciation


The corresponding e-book will be launched this Autumn.









Watch Novel EUR-AFRICAN EXILES by Albert Russo
turned into movie. 88min. Wildsound feature film:


EUR-AFRICAN EXILES, published by l’Aleph, Sweden:
http://l-aleph.com/wordpress/?p=615 +



Researchers and students of literature may now

access the Albert Russo Literary Archives

in Brussels, Belgium, the capital of the European Union:


Chercheurs et étudiants en littérature peuvent désormais

consulter le Fonds littéraire Albert Russo:  



Bibliothèque Royale Albert Ier

Boulevard de l'Empereur 4

1000 Bruxelles - Belgique



search / rechercher: Auteur Albert Russo




Léodine l'Africaine by Albert Russo, éditions gingko-éditeur, the author’s French version of Leodine of the Belgian Congo published by l'Aleph, was nominated for Belgium’s Prix Victor Rossel 2012.




Painting and collage on stained glass entitled AIR DE MONTMARTRE,

exhibited with photos on canvas at ESPACE PIERRE CARDIN, Paris

Photos retouched on canvas exhibited at Espace PIERRE CARDIN, Paris

   Albert Russo's work has appeared in a dozen languages

on the five continents (25 countries)


   Les oeuvres d'Albert Russo ont paru dans une douzaine de langues

sur les cinq continents (25 pays)



Viewbug link of Albert Russo’s photos, with over 330 awards: www.viewbug.com/member/albertrusso

A Rainbow named TEL AVIV, the fairest of all cities, so proud, so lively, so free (see Amazon)


See.me: another link of Albert Russo's photos




Congrats! Your work is going to be displayed in Times Square!

The show is this Thursday, July 24th from 8-9pm!

Here's your images that are going to be featured: https://albertuccio.see.me/post/3577671, https://albertuccio.see.me/post/3577685, https://albertuccio.see.me/post/3577267, https://albertuccio.see.me/post/3574207, https://albertuccio.see.me/post/3577192, https://albertuccio.see.me/post/3583175, https://albertuccio.see.me/post/2215536, https://albertuccio.see.me/post/3577717, https://albertuccio.see.me/post/3574892, https://albertuccio.see.me/post/3583178, https://albertuccio.see.me/post/3577333

The billboards are located at 46th St. and Broadway in the heart of NYC.


L'AMANT DE MON PÈRE: Journal parisien et Journal romain


disponible à la librairie 'Les mots à la bouche', Marais, Paris

et en ligne: http://textesgais.fr/




roman d'Albert Russo, publié par l'Aleph




     Je suis né en 1937. Mon père, duquel je me souviens si peu, à part cette image où je le vois me prenant dans ses bras et me soulevant très haut dans les airs, est mort dans un accident de voiture quelques mois avant la déclaration de la guerre. Petit, il paraît que je ne cessais de le réclamer lorsqu’il était au travail, ma mère, elle, en était très fière, car il comptait parmi les hautes autorités du Parti, faisant de nous une famille respectée. Cette famille qui porte une culpabilité monstrueuse et qui s’est déteinte sur moi, en laissant une cicatrice indélébile. Mais j’ai aussi connu les joies et les plaisirs de la légèreté, comme tout un chacun, et je ne peux m’en plaindre. Après tout, aucun enfant ne choisit son destin.

    En introduction à mon récit, je vous soumets, chers lecteurs, ce journal sous différentes formes, selon les événements qui se succéderont, et dont j’ai intitulé le premier chapitre ‘Fabio, mon obsession’. Fabio est ce petit Juif vénitien que j’ai entrevu, enfant, en compagnie de mon oncle Ludwig, ce cher oncle SS qui me disait le protéger, mais qui, en réalité, avait abusé de lui, cela je ne le comprendrai que beaucoup plus tard. J’ai côtoyé ce garçon, qui avait mon âge, l’espace d’à peine quelques minutes, au moment le plus fragile de mon enfance, mais dont le souvenir m’accompagnera jusqu’à la fin de mes jours, car, l’un et l’autre, nous avons eu le coup de foudre, et savions déjà, par ce mystérieux et ineffable lien, que nous nous retrouverions, ici-bas ou dans l’au-delà.

    Je vous raconterai mes longs séjours en Amérique, en Italie et au Mexique, puis, de retour en Allemagne, mon mariage avec une artiste américaine, rencontrée à l’université; nous aurons un fils, ce fils que je prénommerai Fabian. Et quand je ne supporterai plus le trop-plein d’émotion, je continuerai de me raconter avec les mêmes outils, toujours en évoquant le Fabio ‘sacré’ de mon enfance.
Après tout, la vie est un parcours tortueux, plein d’imprévus, alors, pourquoi donc cette histoire serait-elle lisse ou linéaire?




The African Quatuor


Princes and Gods, Adopted by an American Homosexual in 

the Belgian Congo, Eur-African Exiles, Leodine of the Belgian Congo


published by l'Aleph



includes Albert Russo's award-winning novels set in the former Belgian Congo and Rwanda-Urundi, with historical facts which will surprise the English-speaking readers who are only aware of the often distorted reports they gather in today’s media, that do not differentiate between the cruel era of King Léopold II and the Belgian Congo, created in 1908, after the international scandal.


Note of the Author: I’d like to stress the fact that these four novels take place in countries where I have lived for 17 years: Congo / Zaïre, Rwanda and Burundi, three countries administered by Belgium, that have been in the news recently for their current and past tragedies: the 1994 Rwandan genocide in which about a million Tutsis and moderate Hutus have been murdered withing the space of 100 days; Burundi, which has the same Hutu-Tutsi problem and where hundreds of thousands of people have been slaughterred, and, finally, Congo / Zaïre (DRC), where 5 to 6 million people - some even mention 7 or 8 million - have died within the last 10 years in internecine feuds, especially in its two eastern provinces of Kivu, as well as between the government’s armies and the rebels,


I should also specify that I have lived and gone to school with Congolese, Tutsis and Hutus for at least 6 years (up to my baccalaureate) and thus have a real knowledge of their plight and that my mother was raised in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).


Apart from the Sorbonne, the Catholic University of Paris, and the University of Trier, Germany (where ‘Le Cap des Illusions’, my apartheid novel was studied and discussed, and which was banned in South Africa during the apartheid regime), all my African novels are being currently studied at the University of Lubumbashi, (Katanga province, Congo / Zaïre) by students of history and of literature, which makes me especially proud, inasmuch as my poems and other writings are constantly published in anthologies with my Congolese brothers and sisters, the last one, bearing the title ‘Les Voix du Congo’, published by ‘Le Cri’, in Belgium.


Excerpts from reviews and comments on the four novels:


World Literature Today (USA): “In Léodine of the Belgian Congo, the reader will find, as in the three other novels, Princes and Gods, Eur-African Exiles and Adopted by an American in the Belgian Congo, many poignant and delightful passages, especially in the journeys across the magnificent Kivu province, which today, along with bordering Rwanda and Burundi, has been scarred by fratricidal wars. That Leodine, in the opening novel, happens to be an adolescent, as was Leopold in Adopted by an American in the Belgian Congo, isn’t fortuitous, for it is at that vulnerable period of one’s life that one’s personality takes form. In Albert Russo’s Africa you will find humankind’s infinite diversity and, amid such  richness, a quest for the deep self.”


James Baldwin's words to the author, penned the year of his death: «I like your work very much indeed. It has a very gentle surface and a savage under-tow. You're a dangerous man.»


Edmund White: «Albert Russo has recreated through a young African boy's joys and struggles many of the tensions of modern life, straight and gay, black and white, third world and first ... all of these tensions underlie this story of a biracial child adopted by a benevolent American. Adopted by an American in the Belgian Congo is a nonstop, gripping read!»


Vers L'Avenir, Belgium: ... To tell a story is an art. It is an art which Albert Russo possesses. And the reader's attention is sustained, unflaggingly, throughout the novel's 258 pages. The author succeeds in being heeded like those Bantu storytellers who, deep inside the bush, recount tragic or fantastic tales inherited from the old oral tradition.»


La Liberté / Dimanche, Switzerland: «...born and raised in Zaire, Albert Russo masterfully depicts a world which is so particular, with its customs and mores, its atmosphere and its passions, a totally different way of life. What he has achieved here is almost a piece of ethnology.»


Jeune Afrique: «... Largely autobiographical, this work is written in the manner of an exorcism, it is engrossing and reveals a very real talent.»


Mwanga (Congo / Zaire / DRC): «... a work of universal appeal ... the human message is the 'fetish' which vibrates in the author's book.»






a Greco-African thriller based on true facts, set in Rwanda-Urundi


Damiana, the enticing wife of Tobias Antoniades, a wealthy Greek merchant twenty years younger than him, has the reputation of being a hot ticket in town.  Among Damiana’s lovers are the Tutsi Mwami himself, a Belgian police officer and Dimitri Stavros, a cinema owner.  Damiana has added to her list a young American, Oswald Radcliffe, who works as a paramedic at the Evangelical mission.  Oswald is a poet and an idealist. Dimitri is terribly jealous and wants Damiana to divorce her husband. To reach his aims he will gradually get involved in the local politics and before he realizes it he will be chosen as the hitman in the assassination of the Tutsi Prince Ruego, slated to become the country’s first Prime Minister.


All facts are true and the narrator has lived through them, only the real names have been changed. It is mostly about the Hutu and the Tutsi and their feud (refer to the 1994 Tutsi genocide Rwanda).



USA http://www.amazon.com/Princes-Gods-







Ghana -  http://www.modernghana.com/news/518605/1/award-winning-author-albert-russo-launches-his-bri.html














From Rhodes and Rhodesia to the Belgian Congo and Rwanda-Urundi


An Eur-African Saga










From Rhodes and Rhodesia to the Belgian Congo and Rwanda-Urundi


An Eur-African Saga








Wildsound film festival: feature documentary

«Eur-African Exiles»

Sandro’s diary, published by l'Aleph


  1. part 1 of 5 episodes:   
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9Z5Wmew-9c
  1. part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AkFcwsn6ws







From American Slavery Back to Colonial Africa and After








The Quatuor of African novels collected in a single e-book l'Aleph publishers - 682 pages - ISBN 9789187751448




Palmarès du Concours Europoésie UNICEF 2013 Awards

Conte et Nouvelle / poetic prose
1er Prix / First Prize: RUSSO Albert

                Vengeance par procuration / Revenge by Proxy                          





from the GOSH ZAPINETTE ! series





A hilarious, irreverent romp through the life of a child of the new century! Set in Paris and Northern Italy [refers to the first 3 volumes], the work shows us the world through the eyes of Zapinette, a little girl who is smart, quick-witted, accepting and dazzling. Russo's use of slang language and spelling is just plain fun! The book is done in the stream of consciousness of a child and jumps from subject to subject providing a very detailed, if not explainable, roadmap through a child's thought process. A fun and enjoyable book. Give yourself and a friend a smile – buy and share this work!


Leslie BlanchardA Writer's Choice Literary Magazine (USA).


Available through Amazon, Barnes & Nobles in America and in Europe.






Photos, poems and the full NOVEL entitled AND THERE WAS DAVID-KANZA based on my parents' lives in Central, Eastern and Southern Africa and Europe (Italy and Belgium), with eulogy received from family and friends around the world, from India to the United States, from Australia to Israel, from Norway to the Pacific, and, of course, mainly from Africa, south of the Sahara, relating to my beloved mother Sarah Russo.


Large A4-size book of 364 pages






LÉODINE L'AFRICAINE, roman d’Albert Russo










Roman d’Albert Russo


EXILS AFRICAINS ... et il y eut David-Kanza


Ginkgo éditeur, Paris (diffusion CDE-Sodis)










Photos, prose and poems relating to my beloved mother Sarah Russo during her long itinerary from her birth in 1920 on the island of Rhodes (Greece), through Southern and Central Africa, Italy and Belgium, where she lived, as well as through her travels with my father around the world, and her last journey, on the 24th March 2013.  She was a passionate reader, in English, French, Italian and Spanish. A wonderful pianist, she loved poetry above all. But more than anything else, it was the purity of her soul we admired the most, with her compassion, her generosity and her sense of humor, for she could be very funny. Thinking of her, we now laugh, cry and laugh again.


Beautiful song in French by Calogero, entitled 'Le Portrait'

that reminds me of my beloved mother: