By Hassouna Mosbahi, Max Weiss

ISBN-10: 9774164806

ISBN-13: 9789774164804

After ne'er-do-wells unfold rumors a couple of widowed mother's susceptible ethical personality one of the humans of a slum at the outskirts of Tunis that festers with migrants who've come to the city from the heartland looking for a greater lifestyles, her twenty-year-old son takes concerns into his personal arms and commits an unspeakable crime. An innovative and anxious novel informed from the alternating viewpoints of this unrepentant sociopath, as he sits and fumes on loss of life row yet willingly publications us via his juvenile exploits and twisted stories, and his murdered mom, who frivolously offers an account of her interrupted existence from past the grave, A Tunisian story introduces the narrative abilities of Hassouna Mosbahi to an English-language viewers for the 1st time, as he confronts either taboos of Tunisian society and the limits of traditional storytelling.

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I wouldn’t be able to defend myself against the dangers threatening me as they accumulated on the horizon like deep-black clouds before a raging storm. That’s right, I wouldn’t be able to defend myself, isolated, all alone among my people. Not even Aunt Warda would be able to help me. She, too, would abandon me at the very last moment from fear of being persecuted by them, and of the injury they could bring upon her if she insisted on defending me and standing by my side. Not even my beauty would be able to save me.

From time to time, he would burst out crying like a little boy orphaned early on in life. That is a precise description because I know all too well what it means for a little boy to become an orphan when the world is still unclear all around him.  . What I would like to focus on is the fact that that Saeed’s crime in and of itself wasn’t important to Kaboura and the other prisoners. At the end of the day, they are no different than him. What I heard him say as I cleaned the toilets on a cold and dreary winter’s day might be true, how there is no difference between someone who steals an egg and somebody who robs an entire bank, and how somebody who kills a single soul is the same as someone who commits a massacre in which the victims run into the scores, or even into the hundeds and thousands.

He’s still talking to God, who remains silent in the heavens above, when the security forces surround the church, demanding through their bullhorns that he give himself up. But he doesn’t. As he edges closer to the window and tries to see what’s going on outside, a sniper’s bullet slams into him, and he’s carried off to the hospital with that crafty smile he had become famous for among the prisoners still on his lips. Upon returning to the prison, Luke’s friend tells his comrades all about Luke’s final adventure that cost him his life, pausing for a long time on his cunning smile that lit up his handsome face as the ambulance rushed him to the hospital.

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