For Bread Alone
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For Bread Alone by Mohamed Choukri
Book DescriptionDriven by famine from their home in the Rif, Mohamed's family walks to Tangiers in search of a better life. But things are no better there. Eight of Mohamed's siblings die of malnutrition and neglect, and one is killed by his father in a fit of rage. On moving to another province, Mohamed learns how to charm and steal, and discovers the joys of drugs, sex, and alcohol. Proud, insolent, and afraid of no-one, he returns to Tangiers, where he is caught up in the violence of the 1952 independence riots. It is here, during a short spell in a filthy Moroccan jail, that a fellow inmate kindles Mohamed's life-altering love of literature.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781846590108
(210mm x 135mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Telegram Books
Publisher: Telegram Books
Publish Date: 22-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Mohamed Choukri
In Tangier, Paperback (July 2010)
A haven for many Western writers in the twentieth century, Tangier drew the likes of Paul Bowles, Jean Genet and Tennessee Williams. Each was befriended by Mohamed Choukri. This book offers insights into these three cult figures of twentieth-century literature.
Streetwise, Paperback (April 2007)» View all books by Mohamed Choukri
At the age of twenty Mohamed Choukri decides to learn to read and write, and joins a children's class at the local state school in Tangier. When not at school he hangs out in cafes, drinking and smoking kif. Choukri's determination to educate himself, and his compassion for those with whom he shares his life on the streets is inspirational.
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Author Biography - Mohamed Choukri
Mohamed Choukri is one of North Africa's most controversial and widely read authors. At the age of twenty he decided to learn to read and write classical Arabic. He went on to become a teacher and writer, finally being awarded the chair of Arabic Literature at Ibn Batuta College in Tangier. Paul Bowles, perhaps best known for his novel The Sheltering Sky, collaborated closely with Choukri on the translation of For Bread Alone. The story of Choukri's life is continued in Streetwise.
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