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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(216mm x 135mm x mm)
Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd
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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.