1. 2018 Viewbug Community Choice Award


       d'un fils de nazis


“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 ...”


La première partie de ces ‘Mémoires’ est le texte de l’auteur le plus largement diffusé dans le monde. Il a paru dans des revues littéraires en français (l’Autre Journal, le Bulletin de la Fondation Auschwitz, Les Cahiers du Sens, etc.), en anglais, toujours dans sa propre version, aussi bien aux Etats-Unis, qu’au Canada, en Grande Bretagne et en Inde , réédité à plusieurs reprises, ainsi qu’en traduction italienne, allemande , grecque, turque et polonaise. En août 2014, ce même texte a été pré-sélectionné, sous le titre de 'Venitian Thresholds', par l'American Gem and Filmmakers Literary Festival.





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

in Montauk, Long Island, New York



Sang mêlé

Le grand roman

d'Albert Russo


Ginkgo Editeur 

Diffusion/distribution CDE/Sodis





Editions France Loisirs


Some of my photos were exhibited at the

Museum of Photography in Lausanne, Switzerland, in Times Square (NYC), at the Louvre Museum, the Pierre Cardin Space, both in Paris, and in Venice


Quelques unes de mes photos ont été exposées au

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








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


Both books lauded by the Mayor of New York City



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

Albert Russo

in his NYC apartment


in Montauk, Long Island,

            New York







Bruxelles au galop

Brussels Ride





All photos  and  English book covers are by /


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



Featured Artist



VIEWbug rockstar award


twilight in Venice

Svalbard, North Pole


and Peer awards


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Rockstar award for tropical flowers in TLV


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   A L B ER T    R U S S O



     aging among the fish


  with Congolese friends


with the Director

of the philantropic  Sarvodaya

in Sri Lanka



receiving the British    Diversity Award in  London, United Kingdom



           at UNESCO

 with Director Mr M'Bow  and African friends



  acting in Paris theater




     with French actress                Suzanne Flon



     in Brugge, Belgium



in Milan, Italy



New York University


     in Berlin, Germany


     in Laeken, Belgium


presenting his first book  on television



in Palma de Mallorca,   Spain


jiving with his little  sister in Usumbura,  Ruanda-Urundi


with his beloved mother in front of lake Kivu, Eastern Congo


in Kobe, Japan


in Sion, Switzerland


with his cousin Reggie in  Rhodesia / Zimbabwe


      with his parents in

Cape Town, South Africa

  1. Best Israeli photographer

      35Awards - Moscow


Bryggen: Bergen, Norway

Halong Bay - Vietnam


Valencia sand art - Spain

A L B E R T    R U S S O                               Bilingual Writer / Photographer                   Auteur Bilingue / Photographe


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.








Music can lift you to the skies

or else fray your nerves and 

hurl you into the foulest mood.

At times it is so soft and relieving

that your body begins to shudder, 

and each one of your pores

opens up like the myriad dandelions

which you see from your window

as the sun rises down in the valley. 

Your skin then becomes a live tapestry,

bristling with millions of tiny ears:

they listen in unison, and lest

the harmony be broken you will

yourself to stay rooted to your chair.

Then suddenly, as you continue

to let the music seep in 

you are reminded of that man

found sitting erect with both hands

spread out in a startled attitude,

literally petrified, in Pompeii,

when the Vesuvius erupted.

From this instant onwards

there is a split, and you lose

the sense of your physicality,

your body becomes a stranger,

while the music is all that exists.

A thunder suddenly breaks the flow,

and you start feeling that part of you

that was numb, blood has resumed

its coursing through your veins and 

the heart is beating again under your

ribcage, with the furious and

magnificent clangor of Richard Wagner’s 




For his new photo books, please click on Publications 2


They are all available on Amazon, worldwide


Latest titles:









4. HUMOR & POETRY, Tomes 1, 2 & 3










9. ZICHRON YAAKOV, a miracle




11. ITALIA DIVA, Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice






14. TIBERIAS on the lake of Galilee






17. COSTA CRUISE, Mediterranean Jewels


18. Dancing Waves



"Art is but a moment of bliss, a lightning cleaving the somber, never-ending horrors of our world." Albert Russo

   Albert Russo's work has appeared in over a dozen languages

on the five continents (in 25+ countries)


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

sur les cinq continents (dans plus de 25 pays)


Researchers and students of Albert Russo's work, please consult /        

Chercheurs et étudiants intéressés par l'oeuvre d'Albert Russo, consulter




search for Albert Russo to access his 145+ items

rechercher Albert Russo pour les 145+ rubriques de l'auteur


Consultation in loco / sur place :


ARCHIVES & MUSÉE DE LA LITTÉRATURE, Bibliothèque Royale Albert Ier

Boulevard de l'Empereur 4 - 1000 Brussels - Belgium - Tel: 02.519.5580 - Fax: 02.519.5583 



Letter from JAMES BALDWIN to Albert Russo, a few months before the great African-American author and activist died










African quatuor

of award-winning novels
on the Belgian Congo and Rwanda-Urundi






 Zapinette embarks on a historical journey, sometimes rewriting / re-righting the history of some of the world’s famous French women, giving them a second chance to do good and thus to become heroines, showing all of humanity what a better world should look like.  That could only happen if the so-called strong sex - MCPs for the most part - treat them equally and with respect.

Hardcover: available on Amazon for  $ 12.99 Paperback: available on Amazon for  $   4.99






TEL AVIV’S ETHIOPIAN QUEEN                                     by Albert Russo & Jeanette Skirvin

Edition l’Aleph - www.l-aleph.com - Also available at Amazon, Goodreads, Waterstones, Barnes & Noble, abebooks, blackwells, etc.

luxurious hardcover




Quarterfinalist of the 2022 ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition.











ZAPINETTE'S BIBLE ODYSSEY continues in Japan, Mexico and the North Pole

Zapinette lives with her mother, a staunch ‘felinist’ who owns a beauty parlor in Paris, as well as with her ‘Unky Berky’, in spite of the fact that he is “such a weirdo at times and can get on her bloomin nerves”. They will travel to four continents together and the trips promise to be quite bumpy. In this book, she investigates the BIBLE, and goes on to visit MEXICO, JAPAN and THE NORTH POLE.








SPEAK TO ME, MOTHER BELOVED is Albert Russo’s new book dedicated to his adored mother and to POETRY, with about 140 poems and as many photos in both black and white and in color, that he took along the years on the four continents in which he has resided and during his travels around the world.

This hardcover coffee-table volume is published by l’Aleph in Sweden                     - http://l-aleph.com/project/speak-to-me-mother-beloved/ - and is available from all major online bookstores, such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository, etc.- pages 260,  8 x 10 in Case Laminate Bound on Creme -                             ISBN 978-91-7637-569-3. 


Book Review by the Book Excellence Awards.
SPEAK TO ME MOTHER BELOVED is a beautiful collection of poetry and images that explore a diverse set of universal themes: life, family, relationships, theology and more. In the book, author, Albert Russo, presents an intimate look at his life, inviting the reader into a wide range of experiences that span over 40 years in history. He captures and distills many experiences; of family, relationships, loss, and carrying on--as we all must do. The way the words that are written make you feel emotional and help you to connect to what the writer is stating. Albert spins poems that are both deeply personal and universal.
Overall, Albert Russo stuns with an exquisite volume of original poetry.

Présentation du nouveau livre d’Albert Russo, SPEAK TO ME, MOTHER BELOVED / PARLE MOI, MÈRE CHÉRIE, hommage à sa mère et à la POÉSIE, avec près de 140 poèmes et autant de photos en noir et blanc et en couleurs prises par l’auteur au gré de ses voyages et de ses lieux de vie.


260 pages, grand format, sur papier glacé de luxe. ISBN 978-91-7637-569-3.

Ce livre est publié par l’Aleph en Suède - http://l-aleph.com/project/speak-to-me-mother-beloved/ -Il est disponible sur Amazon, ainsi que sur les autres grandes librairies en ligne.





The selective memory of a kaleidoscopic-eyed globetrotter, from age 3 to this day. This is the unconventional memoir of Albert Russo, a multicultural, multilingual author who writes in English and French, his two ‘mother’ tongues, correcting the galleys of the Italian translations of his novels himself (his ‘paternal’ tongue being Italian).  His work has been translated into a dozen+ languages, including Polish, Greek, Bengali, Turkish and Chinese.  He has garnered many international awards.


Excerpt from the Preface by

Adam Donaldson Powell, Poet, writer, essayist, artist, musician and Lgbt activist.


To write an autobiography is a feat that is difficult, painful, and often feels foreign due to the fact that most of the stories have already been told in various forms through fiction, essays and poetry.  In addition, I knew that this was Albert's chance to let it all hang out, so-to-speak.  The nice chameleon has its nasty sides -- as we all do -- and some of the anger would be sure to leak out in such a book. (A coming to terms, one might say.)  And finally, this project has scared me because here he -- the chameleon -- finally reveals himself (often times through his all-too-frank alter ego Zapinette), and recounts the well-known stories from his travels to and residences in Africa, Israel, Europe and America within a human context.  Within a human context ... And why is that scary?  Well, fiction is often more believable than truth (read: more acceptable / comfortable than truth / real life).  I saw for myself the "bad boy" chameleon, that I learned to know and love personally and in his literature, threatening to rear his beautiful head.  Who was I scared for ... the chameleon, or the readers?  Honestly? Both ... we are all the chameleon. Albert Russo outs us all in this book.


Albert Russo has been selected as a

Book Excellence Award Honoree in 2019

There were hundreds of entries from around the world and this book was selected for its high-quality writing, design and market appeal.







The e-book is 1,113 pages long, including the many photographs






Le Cap des illusions

Roman, Ginkgo Editeur, Paris, 2020, 144 pages,

https://www.ginkgo-editeur.fr/product-page/le-cap-des-illusionsdisponible également sur les pateformes littéraires de la Fnac, Amazon, etc.


Traduction allemande de Franz Rudolf Woll et avant-propos de Hermann Kleber, à paraître

'En Afrique du Sud, dans les années soixante, les Debeer, famille d'Afrikaner (colons blancs d'origine hollandaise ou huguenotte), se trouvent brusquement 'déclassés', passant du statut de Blancs à celui de Métis. Prudence, soupçonnée lors de la rentrée des classes d'avoir du sang noir, doit passer devant une commission médicale. Là, un simulacre de procès aux conclusions pseudo-scientifiques (analyse des ongles, de la chevelure, etc.), permet à la Commission de décider que la famille Debeer n'est pas blanche, et que, par conséquent, elle doit être déclassée. En vertu des lois sur l'apartheid, ceux-ci doivent changer de domicile, pour s'installer dans le ghetto sur les versants de Devil's Peak, non loin du Cap dit de Bonne Espérance. Ce roman, basé sur des faits réels, nous conte l'histoire de cette brusque et tragique déchirure. L'autre aspect du récit est la vision de la société sud-africaine et de l'histoire des Debeer, telle que nous la raconte Michaël, jeune Anglais venu passer ses vacances chez son oncle au Cap. Michaël s'éprend de Prudence, mais à cause de la loi sur l'Immoralité, l'amour des deux jeunes gens de couleur différente est impossible, car interdit.


''... C'est de l'apartheid qu'il s'agit ici, cette maladie honteuse de l'Afrique du Sud d'avant Mandela, ce racisme institutionnel, froid, aseptique et comme 'venu d'ailleurs'. Il constitue la trame d'un roman poétique, et tendre, et sensuel. Ces pages sont celles d'un poète blessé dans sa chair par les griffes d'une société bête et féroce.''

Vie Ouvrière

''C'est un roman excellent où la sensibilité le dispute à la qualité des descriptions dans la peinture d'un des plus graves problèmes humains de notre siècle, le racisme."


Les Nouvelles Littéraires


Ce roman a obtenu le Prix COLETTE ainsi que le Prix de la Liberté







WINNER of the 2008 AZsacra International Poetry Award

sponsored by the Taj Mahal Review, India - prize: 500 US$ -