Tahar Ben Jelloun - Author

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Tahar Ben Jelloun was born in 1944 in Fez, Morocco, and emigrated to France in 1961.  He is one of North Africa's foremost novelists.  His novels include The Sacred Night which received the Prix Goncourt in 1987 and Corruption.

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The Last Friend A Novel

The Last Friend A Novel

Author: Tahar Ben Jelloun Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/07/2018

Racism Explained To My Daughter

Racism Explained To My Daughter

Author: Tahar Ben Jelloun Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/07/2018

About My Mother

About My Mother

Author: Tahar Ben Jelloun Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/07/2016

Since she's been ill, Lalla Fatma has become a frail little thing with a faltering memory. Lalla Fatma thinks she's in Fez in 1944, where she grew up, not in Tangier in 2000, where this story begins. She calls out to family members who are long dead and loses herself in the streets of her childhood, yearning for her first love and the city she left behind. By her bedside, her son Tahar listens to long-hidden secrets and stories from her past: married while still playing with dolls and widowed for the first time at the age of sixteen. Guided by these fragments, Tahar vividly conjures his mother's life in post-war Morocco, unravelling the story of a woman for whom resignation was the only way out.Tender and compelling, About My Mother maps the beautiful, fragile and complex nature of human experience, while paying tribute to a remarkable woman and the bond between mother and son.

By Fire Writings on the Arab Spring

By Fire Writings on the Arab Spring

Author: Tahar Ben Jelloun Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/04/2016

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. Ben Jelloun's deliberate ambiguity about the location of the story, set in an unnamed Islamic country, allows the reader to imagine the experiences and frustrations of other young men who have endured physical violence and persecution in places beyond Tunisia. The tale begins and ends in fire, and the imagery of burning frames the political accounts in The Spark, Ben Jelloun's nonfiction writings on the Tunisian events that provide insight into the despotic regimes that drove Bouazizi to such despair. Rita S. Nezami's elegant translations and critical introduction provide the reader with multiple strategies for approaching these potent texts.

The Happy Marriage

The Happy Marriage

Author: Tahar Ben Jelloun, Andre Naffis-Sahely Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/01/2016

A Palace in the Old Village

A Palace in the Old Village

Author: Tahar Ben Jelloun Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/03/2011

From 'Morocco's greatest living author' (The Guardian) comes a heartbreaking novel about parents and children, the powerful pull of home and the yearning for tradition and family. Mohammed has spent the past 40 years working in France. As he approaches retirement, he takes stock of his life - his devotion to Islam and to his assimilated children - and decides to return to Morocco, where he spends his life's savings building the biggest house in the village and waiting for his children and grandchildren to come and be with him.

Rising of the Ashes

Rising of the Ashes

Author: Tahar Ben Jelloun Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2010

The violence of war is rendered immediate and vividly personal in this powerful book by one of North Africa's premier writers and intellectuals. The human devastation wrought upon Iraqis in the Gulf War and upon Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and the Occupied Territories is captured in a quietly unrelenting, essential act of remembering that balances lyricism with horror. Tahar Ben Jelloun, poet, novelist, and professor, was born and raised in Fez, Morocco, and has lived and worked in France since 1971. Winner of the Prix Goncourt in 1987, he is the author of numerous works of fiction, poetry, and critique.

Veus/Curs de Catala Llibre de l'alumne 1 + CD (A1+) - New edition

Veus/Curs de Catala Llibre de l'alumne 1 + CD (A1+) - New edition

Author: Tahar Ben Jelloun Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 10/01/2010

This Blinding Absence Of Light

This Blinding Absence Of Light

Author: Tahar Ben Jelloun Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2002

The Sacred Night

The Sacred Night

Author: Tahar Ben Jelloun Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/05/2000

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.

French Hospitality Racism and North African Immigrants

French Hospitality Racism and North African Immigrants

Author: Tahar Ben Jelloun Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/10/1999

The award-winning novelist and author of the international bestseller Racism Explained to My Daughter uses his own experience to illuminate the experience of the Other in his adopted land-and everywhere. A Moroccan who emigrated to France in 1971, Tahar Ben Jelloun draws upon his own encounters with racism along with his insights as a practicing psychologist and gifted novelist to elucidate the racial divisions that plague contemporary society. In a modern France where openly racist leaders such as National Front spokesman Jean-Marie Le Pen have made significant strides toward broad popular acceptance, Ben Jelloun's book is more topical now than ever. His profound and compelling appeal for tolerance-in both public discourse and the law-is a passionate yet reasoned argument that racism simply does not make sense in the multicultural world of today. French Hospitality confronts issues of international resonance: the relationship of a formerly colonized people to their onetime colonizers, the encounter between Islam and the modern Judeo-Christian West, and the status of the non-European minorities in Europe today. Underlying these issues is a heartfelt nostalgia for simple, traditional North African hospitality as practiced since time immemorial by a relatively poor and unsophisticated society. Ben Jelloun supplements this rather noble ideal of generosity and welcoming by borrowing the philosophical concept of hospitality-the opening of oneself to another-from the works of Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida in order to illustrate the moral conception of a nation's unconditional acceptance of foreigners. Isn't the belief in welcoming strangers a fundamental mark of civilization? In a political climate where increasingly repressive immigration laws are a national trend as well as an international phenomenon, he contends, it is not surprising that racism has gained a foothold. Most hurt by racist polemic and politics, he points out, are children of immigrants-born in France, their memories are those of the French people, and they deserve to be treated with the full respect afforded to any citizen. With his elegant and imaginative prose, Ben Jelloun shows us both racism's face and the immigrant's heartbreak; but he also evokes the wind of freedom and the ideal of hospitality, and with this gesture offers a kind of hope in extricating ourselves from racism's recidivist incoherencies.

State of Absense

State of Absense

Author: Tahar Ben Jelloun Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/1994

Silent Day in Tangier

Silent Day in Tangier

Author: Tahar Ben Jelloun Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/1991

The Sand Child

The Sand Child

Author: Tahar Ben Jelloun Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/1988

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