Sacred Night by Tahar Ben Jelloun
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Sacred Night
By Tahar Ben Jelloun

The Sacred Night

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Sacred Night by Tahar Ben Jelloun

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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 reality moving between a mysterious present and a painful past, Ben Jelloun relates the events of Ahmed's adult life. Now calling herself Zahra, she renounces her role as only son and heir after her father's death and journeys through a dreamlike Moroccan landscape. A searing allegorical portrait of North African society, The Sacred Night uses Arabic fairy tales and surrealist elements to craft a stunning and disturbing vision of protest and rebellion against the strictures of hidebound traditions governing gender roles and sexuality.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801864414
ISBN-10: 0801864410
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 11mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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About My Mother by Tahar Ben Jelloun About My Mother, Paperback (July 2016)

Available in English for the first time, About My Mother is an evocative portrait of a woman and a world left behind, exploring themes of love, loss, family and illness, as well as the reliability of memory and the subjugation of women.

By Fire by Tahar Ben Jelloun By Fire, Paperback (April 2016)

Tahar Ben Jelloun's By Fire, the first fictional account published on the Arab Spring, reimagines the true-life self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia, an event that has been credited with setting off the Tunisian revolt. The novella depicts the days leading up to Bouazizi's self-immolation.

Palace in the Old Village by Tahar Ben Jelloun Palace in the Old Village, Paperback (March 2011)

Mohammed has spent the past 40 years working in France. As he approaches retirement, he takes stock of his life, his devotion to and to his assimilated children, and decides to return to Morocco, where he spends his savings building the biggest house in the village and waiting for his children and grandchildren to come and be with him.

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Author Biography - Tahar Ben Jelloun

Tahar Ben Jelloun was born in Fez, Morocco, in 1944 and has lived in France since 1971. An internationally recognized novelist, poet, playwright, and essayist, Ben Jelloun has received numerous awards for his works, including the Prix Maghreb, the Prix des Hemispheres and the Legion of Honor. His books include Solitaire, Silent Day in Tangier, With Downcast Eyes, Corruption, and Racism Explained to My Daughter. He is also a regular contributor to Le Monde. His novel The Sand Child is also available in paperback from Johns Hopkins.

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