"You Saved My Life" tells the extraordinary true story of the charming Algerian con-man whose friendship with a disabled French aristocrat inspired the record-breaking hit film, "The Intouchables."""Sellou's fictional reincarnation, Driss, played to critical acclaim by French comedian Omar Sy in the movie "Les Intouchables," captured the hearts of millions with his edgy charm. Already a bestseller in France and Germany, "You Changed My Life" shows us the real man behind Sy's smiling face. The book takes us from his childhood spent stealing candy from the local grocery store, to his career as a pickpocket and scam artist, to his unexpected employment as a companion for a quadriplegic.Sellou has never before divulged the details of his past. In many interviews and documentaries, he has evaded or shrugged off the question of his childhood and his stay in prison, until now. He tells his story with a stunning amount of talent, with humor, style, and--though he denies that he has any--humility.
Sellou's idiosyncratic and candidly charming voice is magnificently captured in this memoir, a fact to which his friend Philippe Pozzo di Borgo testifies in his touching preface for the book.
Abdel Yasmin Sellou wurde 1971 in Algier/ Algerien geboren. Er kam im Alter von vier Jahren nach Paris, wo er schon bald auf die schiefe Bahn geriet. Mit Anfang zwanzig stellte ihn Philippe Pozzo di Borgo als Pfleger ein, der Beginn einer großen Freundschaft, die beide Männer bis heute verbindet. Heute ist Sellou verheiratet und Vater dreier Kinder, er lebt in Algerien und Paris.