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The Desert: Or, the Life and Adventures of Jubair Wali al-Mammi (Middle East Literature In Translation) Paperback – October 8, 2015
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An important work of Maghrebi francophone literature. . . .Roumani has managed to veritably channel the voice, timbre, style, and sometimes quirky qualities of the original. (Lia Nicole Brozgal, associate professor of Francophone studies, University of California, Los Angeles)
Each episode of his story provides a lesson in wisdom, and the novel as a whole constitutes an engaging and thought-provoking mixture of storytelling, reflection, and introspection. (Gerald Prince, professor of Romance languages, University of Pennsylvania)
For readers who treasure a traditional folkloric Judeo-Arabic ‘Arabian Nights’ form of storytelling, this book is a delight. (Jewish Herald-Voice)
This novel brilliantly melds history with imagination, showing us a Mediterranean world which to Western eyes is upside-down, where civilization and sophistication are in the south and barbarism is in the north, and where before the colonial era the indigenous Jews of North Africa were perfectly at home among the other ethnic groups. Memmi’s sensitive and ironic portrayal cuts to the heart of many modern and ancient dilemmas of war, statesmanship and personal ethics. (A.B. Yehoshua, award-winning author of Mr. Mani)
Historical novel by well-known Tunisian writer Albert Memmi, author of The Colonizer and the Colonized.
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