Palace In The Old Village, A

Palace In The Old Village, A

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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.

'What Ben Jelloun does brilliantly is write with a kind of refreshing candor that demystifies the Arab world.' Paris Voice

'In any language, Tahar Ben Jelloun would be a remarkable novelist.' Sunday Telegraph

'With this novel, Ben Jelloun, a native of Morocco, gives us an unvarnished look at a Muslim's life in the West, and reminds us that literature can help us understand one another.' Minneapolis Star Tribune

'Ben Jelloun completes the life cycle with an extended meditation on its final stage, part tragic and part farcical, altogether moving and profound.' Independent

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Published: 
03 Mar 2011
ISBN: 
9781906413750
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Palace In The Old Village, A

Translated by 

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.

'What Ben Jelloun does brilliantly is write with a kind of refreshing candor that demystifies the Arab world.' Paris Voice

'In any language, Tahar Ben Jelloun would be a remarkable novelist.' Sunday Telegraph

'With this novel, Ben Jelloun, a native of Morocco, gives us an unvarnished look at a Muslim's life in the West, and reminds us that literature can help us understand one another.' Minneapolis Star Tribune

'Ben Jelloun completes the life cycle with an extended meditation on its final stage, part tragic and part farcical, altogether moving and profound.' Independent

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5.99
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Published: 
01 Feb 2011
ISBN: 
9781908129062
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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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