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Palace in the Old Village

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ISBN-10: 0143118471

ISBN-13: 9780143118473

Edition: 2011

Authors: Tahar Ben Jelloun, Linda Coverdale

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The latest novel from "Morocco's greatest living author" (The Guardian) Award-winning, internationally bestselling author Tahar Ben Jelloun's new novel is the story of an immigrant named Mohammed who has spent forty years in France and is about to retire. Taking stock of his life- his devotion to Islam and to his assimilated children-he decides to return to Morocco, where he spends his life's savings building the biggest house in the village and waits for his children and grandchildren to come be with him. A heartbreaking novel about parents and children, A Palace in the Old Villagecaptures the sometimes stark contrasts between old- and new-world values, and an immigrant's abiding pursuit…    
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/25/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Controversial winner of the prestigious French Prix Goncourt (1987), Tahar Ben Jelloun is a Moroccan writer who has not found much favor at home, despite his growing popularity abroad. According to some North African critics, Ben Jelloun intentionally sets out to please foreign readers. They contend that his writing reinforces European stereotypes by pandering to Western tastes for quaint folklore and traditions, and exotic scenery. Moroccan critics have accused Ben Jelloun of creating artificial, fabricated stories that fail to convey a true picture of Morocco. They have also been offended by his criticism of Morocco, and the fact that he reveals sides of Moroccan life that are usually…    

Linda Coverdale is the awarding-winning translator of many French works and has been honored with the title of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters for her contribution to French literature.