Leaving Tangier

Leaving Tangier

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Young Moroccans gather regularly in a seafront cafe to gaze at the lights on the Spanish coast glimmering in the distance. Azel, the protagonist, is intent on leaving in one way or another. On the brink of despair he meets Miguel, a wealthy Spanish gallery owner who promises to take him to Barcelona if Azel will become his lover.

'It is a novel all the more urgently needed for being so lucid and involving, and a tribute to the author's great talent that he transcends these many torn destinies and leaves the reader with a valuable sense that his characters' lives may not have been in vain, because they have taught him something.' Guardian

'Leaving Tangier is a brave, unflinching look at the issues underlying economic migration from North Africa, and the hard choices people make between roots and wings.' Economist

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Published: 
12 Feb 2009
ISBN: 
9781906413330
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Leaving Tangier

Translated by 

Young Moroccans gather regularly in a seafront cafe to gaze at the lights on the Spanish coast glimmering in the distance. Azel, the protagonist, is intent on leaving in one way or another. On the brink of despair he meets Miguel, a wealthy Spanish gallery owner who promises to take him to Barcelona if Azel will become his lover.

'It is a novel all the more urgently needed for being so lucid and involving, and a tribute to the author's great talent that he transcends these many torn destinies and leaves the reader with a valuable sense that his characters' lives may not have been in vain, because they have taught him something.' Guardian

'Leaving Tangier is a brave, unflinching look at the issues underlying economic migration from North Africa, and the hard choices people make between roots and wings.' Economist

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5.99
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Published: 
01 Apr 2011
ISBN: 
9781908129055
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About the author

  • Tahar Ben Jelloun

    Tahar Ben Jelloun was born in Fez, Morocco in 1944. He is the winner of the Prix Maghreb, Prix Goncourt (the first North African to win France's top literary prize), the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was also short-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. His fans have numbered Samuel Beckett and Roland Barthes. He lives in Paris and Tangier.

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