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The aim of this paper is to study the achievable rates for a K-user Gaussian interference channel (G-IFC) for any signal-to-noise ratio using a combination of lattice and algebraic codes. Lattice codes are first used to transform the G-IFC into a discrete input--output noiseless channel, and subsequently algebraic codes are developed to achieve good rates over this new alphabet. In this context, a quantity called efficiency is introduced which reflects the effectiveness of the algebraic coding strategy. This paper first addresses the problem of finding high-efficiency algebraic codes. A combination of these codes with Construction-A lattices is then used to achieve nontrivial rates for the original G-IFC.