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Description - Banquet of Lies by Amin Zaoui

The "Banquet of Lies" is an unusual coming-of-age story. A young man, Koussaila, recounts the awakening of his unbridled sexuality in the arms of older women. Indeed, in the closed world of suppressed desire in 1960s Algeria, he goes from the arms of his aunt, to the schoolmaster's wife to those of a nun he meets in a cemetery. Thus, in a climate of mounting political unrest, Koussaila continues on his chaotic path of desire, self-disgust, women and sex, attempting in vain to uproot his innermost self, torn between the world of Islam (in the pages of the Koran) and that of 'Roumis' (in the pages of "Les Fleurs du Mal" and "Madame Bovary"). One day, however, he will be forced to choose. War, intolerance and Islamic fanaticism are looming on the horizon.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780714531601
ISBN-10: 071453160X
Format: Paperback / softback
(216mm x 135mm x mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd
Publisher: Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Amin Zaoui

AMIN ZAOUI is a writer and bilingual scholar (Arabic and French). He is currently in charge of the National Library in Algiers, and is the author of five novels which have been translated into a dozen languages, but never before into English.