The Sacred Night

The Sacred Night The Sacred Night continues the remarkable story Tahar Ben Jelloun began in The Sand Child Mohammed Ahmed, a Moroccan girl raised as a boy in order to circumvent Islamic inheritance laws regarding female children, remains deeply conflicted about her identity In a narrative that shifts in and out of

The Sand Child

The Sand Child In this lyrical, hallucinatory novel set in Morocco, Tahar Ben Jelloun offers an imaginative and radical critique of contemporary Arab social customs and Islamic law The Sand Child tells the story of a Moroccan father s effort to thwart the consequences of Islam s inheritance laws regarding female

Le Passé Simple

Le Passé Simple Lors de sa parution en 1954, ce livre fit l effet d une v ritable bombe, tant en France qu au Maroc qui luttait pour son ind pendance Avec une rare violence, il projetait le roman maghr bin d expression fran aise vers des th mes majeurs poids de l Islam, condition f minine dans la soci t arabe,

Salvation Army

Salvation Army An autobiographical coming of age novel by the the only gay man in Morocco An autobiographical novel by turn naive and cunning, funny and moving, this most recent work by Moroccan expatriate Abdellah Taia is a major addition to the new French literature emerging from the North African Arabic

Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail

Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail A gripping memoir that reads like a political thriller the story of Malika Oufkir s turbulent and remarkable life Born in 1953, Malika Oufkir was the eldest daughter of General Oufkir, the King of Morocco s closest aide Adopted by the king at the age of five, Malika spent most of her childhood

Oser Vivre

Oser Vivre Entre l tre et le para tre, entre le vouloir et le devoir, entre le je et le elle , ce r cit deux voix, port par une criture la fois tendre et violente, raconte lhistoire dune femme d chir e Par ses r ves d sesp r s dind pendance et de libert , son besoin de s curit dans la chaleur

Le Jour du Roi

Le Jour du Roi la vie, la mort Khalid et Omar, deux enfants de Sal , sont les deux moiti s dun m me fruit Pourtant, tout les oppose Khalid le riche, Omar le pauvre Lorsquon a l ge de courir dans les dunes jusqu en perdre la t te, largent et les diff rences sociales nexistent pas Cette fragile insouciance

La Civilisation, ma Mère!...

La Civilisation, ma Mère!... Deux fils racontent leur m re, laquelle ils vouent un merveilleux amour Le plus jeune d abord, dans le Maroc des ann es 30 Menue, fragile, gardienne des traditions, elle est saisie dans des gestes ancestraux, et vit un rythme lent, f tal Radio, cin ma, fer repasser, t l phone deviennent des

The Sheltering Sky

The Sheltering Sky In this classic work of psychological terror, Paul Bowles examines the ways in which Americans apprehend an alien culture and the ways in which their incomprehension destroys them The story of three American travelers adrift in the cities and deserts of North Africa, The Sheltering Sky is at once

Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood

Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood This wonderful and enchanting memoir tells the revelatory true story of one Muslim girl s life in her family s French Moroccan harem, set against the backdrop of World War II The New York Times Book Review I was born in a harem in 1940 in Fez, Morocco So begins Fatima Mernissi in this

Le racisme expliqué à ma fille

Le racisme expliqué à ma fille Un enfant est curieux Il pose beaucoup de questions et il attend des r ponses pr cises et convaincantes On ne triche pas avec les questions dun enfant Cest en maccompagnant une manifestation contre un projet de loi sur limmigration que ma fille ma interrog sur le racisme Nous avons beaucoup

Leo Africanus

Leo Africanus I, Hasan the son of Muhammad the weigh master, I, Jean Leon de Medici, circumcised at the hand of a barber and baptized at the hand of a pope, I am now called the African, but I am not from Africa, nor from Europe, nor from Arabia I am also called the Granadan, the Fassi, the Zayyati, but I come

The Voices of Marrakesh: A Record of a Visit

The Voices of Marrakesh: A Record of a Visit Winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize for Literature, Elias Canetti uncovers the secret life hidden beneath Marrakeshs bewildering array of voices, gestures and faces In a series of sharply etched scenes, he portrays the languages and cultures of the people who fill its bazaars, cafes, and streets The