A Palace in the Old Village, by Tahar Ben Jelloun
From ‘Morocco’s greatest living author’ (Guardian) comes a new novel about the powerful pull of home and the yearning for tradition and family.
Mohammed has spent the past forty 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 the rest of his life’s savings building the biggest house in the village and waiting for his children and grandchildren to come to be with him.
‘Ben Jelloun’s haunting novel reads like a timeless fable, while taking on the oh-so-timely challenges of the immigrant experience. A poignant meditation on the enduring lure of home and the cost of being left behind’ Kirkus
‘A fine character study and touching family drama well worth reading’ Publishers Weekly
Tahar Ben Jelloun was born in 1944 in Fez, Morocco, and emigrated to France in 1961. A
novelist, essayist, critic and poet, he is a regular contributor to Le Monde, La Repubblica, El País,
and Panorama. His novels include The Sacred Night (winner of the 1987 Prix Goncourt), Corruption,
and The Last Friend, and Leaving Tangier. Ben Jelloun won the 1994 Prix Maghreb, and in 2004 he
won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for This Blinding Absence of Light.
A Palace in the Old Village
by Tahar Ben Jelloun
Translated from the French by Linda Coverdale
Paperback Original £8.99 28th April 2011
Winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for
This Blinding Absence of Light
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