By (author) Mohamed Choukri
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Streetwise by Mohamed Choukri
Book DescriptionAt the age of twenty Mohamed Choukri takes the momentous decision 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. Some nights he sleeps in a doss-house, but mostly he sleeps in mosques or on the street. He befriends many 'lowlife' characters, while the cafe habitues help him with his Arabic and the local prostitutes take him home, providing some human solace. Choukri's determination to educate himself, and his compassion for those with whom he shares his life on the streets is heartfelt and inspirational.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781846590276
(200mm x 130mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Telegram Books
Publisher: Saqi Books
Publish Date: 12-Apr-2007
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.
For Bread Alone, Paperback (June 2006)» View all books by Mohamed Choukri
Driven 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 his siblings die of malnutrition and neglect, and one is killed by his father in a fit of rage. This is a memoir of a young Moroccan boy's coming of age in a time of extreme poverty and degradation.
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Author Biography - Mohamed Choukri
Mohamed Choukri was born in Morocco in 1935. He was one of North Africa's most controversial and widely read authors, penning numerous works, including For Bread Alone (Telegram). He was Chair of Arabic Literature at Ibn Batutu College in Tangier.
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