I am a fan of Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt and enjoyed this novella which is frequently set for school and college study. My copy had notes in German (like that of another reviewer) but the French is not particularly advanced since the story is told from the point of view of the young Jewish narrator who becomes a friend, across the barriers of age, race and religion, of the Monsieur Ibrahim of the title. His mixture of innocence and knowledge is clear from the first sentence: "A onze ans, j'ai casse mon cochon et je suis alle voir les putes." (Apologies for lack of accents.) The work is warm and sympathetic and leaves a feel-good sense of multi-culturalism but I did find it a little too simplifed compared to other works by this writer (such as "L'enfant de Noe" which I have also reviewed and of which there is an audio-book read by the author)." But it is an enjoyable read and a good place to start for a student of French.