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by Linda Coverdale,Tahar Ben Jelloun

Free eBook Leaving Tangier download ISBN: 1906413339
Author: Linda Coverdale,Tahar Ben Jelloun
Publisher: Arcadia Books (February 12, 2009)
Language: English
Pages: 229
Category: Social Sciences
Subcategory: Sociology
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Tahar Ben Jelloun (Arabic: الطاهر بن جلون‎; born in Fes, French protectorate in Morocco, 1 December 1944) is a Moroccan writer.

Tahar Ben Jelloun (Arabic: الطاهر بن جلون‎; born in Fes, French protectorate in Morocco, 1 December 1944) is a Moroccan writer. He became known for his 1985 novel L’Enfant de Sable (The Sand Child). Today he lives in Paris, France, and continues to write. He has been short-listed for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Leaving Tangier" is Moroccan author Tahar Ben Jelloun's portraits of immigrants and would-be immigrants, who reluctantly leave or are forced to leave . Ben Jelloun's prose is well-served by translator Linda Coverdale. 22 people found this helpful.

Leaving Tangier" is Moroccan author Tahar Ben Jelloun's portraits of immigrants and would-be immigrants, who reluctantly leave or are forced to leave their homes and families for what is often the false promise of a new and more rewarding life in a different country and culture. These unlooked-for departures are necessary because Morocco (and many other countries) cannot provide them with any reasonable opportunity for a decent future, and these are people who are unwilling to accept that fate so early in life.

Leaving Tangier is a vivid and splendid novel (though not Linda Coverdale's most idiomatic translation) and has the feeling of containing everything Ben Jelloun knows about emigration; it is hardly the worse for seeming very occasionally a little didactic. Dignity is the quality most quickly lost by those who leave; it is also the quality most absent from responses to any immigration crisis. If the economic gap did not exist, the Azels of the world would have no reason to pay the passeur or throw away their dignity some other way. It is our leaders, as much as theirs, who are responsible.

Instead, Tahar Ben Jelloun gives his readers a Morocco seen from within his native coastal Tangier, forever looking . Leaving Tangier is a wholly original feat of form and imagination.

Leaving Tangier is a wholly original feat of form and imagination. The final passages move the genre away from fiction – even the fictions we invent to render the real world palatable or our own actions acceptable – to another level of parallel reality. Everyman becomes Odysseus and the outward-bound Ship of Fools, bent on seeking a better world, returns as a ship of death as the dynastic cycle repeats itself as yet another king is crowned absolute ruler of Morocco.

LINDA COVERDALE has translated more than fifty books, including Tahar Ben Jelloun’s award-winning novel This Blinding Absence of Light. A Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, she won the 2006 Scott Moncrieff Prize and the 1997 and 2008 French-American Foundation Translation Prize. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Leaving Tangier book. In Leaving Tangier, award-winning, internationally bestselling author Tahar Ben Jelloun tells the story of a Moroccan brother and sister making new lives for themselves in Spain

Leaving Tangier book. In Leaving Tangier, award-winning, internationally bestselling author Tahar Ben Jelloun tells the story of a Moroccan brother and sister making new lives for themselves in Spain. Azel is a young man in Tangier who dreams of crossing the Strait of Gibraltar. Whe From one of the world's great writers, a novel that mirrors the journeys of millions who leave home for a better life.

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In 40 short chapters Mr Ben Jelloun weaves together a tapestry of exile and loss as he follows his characters through the dream and reality of leaving Tangier.

Azel, an educated, heterosexual young man from Tangier, is unable to find work and becomes obsessed with his desire to escape from Morocco. In 40 short chapters Mr Ben Jelloun weaves together a tapestry of exile and loss as he follows his characters through the dream and reality of leaving Tangier. Al Afia, the fire, smuggles boatloads of illegal emigrants across the strait, unashamedly profiting from an enterprise that often ends in arrest or drowning.

From one of the world's great writers, a breakthrough novel about leaving home for a better life In his new novel, award-winning, internationally bestselling author Tahar Ben Jelloun tells the story of a Moroccan brother and sister making new lives for themselves in Spain

From one of the world's great writers, a breakthrough novel about leaving home for a better life In his new novel, award-winning, internationally bestselling author Tahar Ben Jelloun tells the story of a Moroccan brother and sister making new lives for themselves in Spain. When he meets Miguel, a wealthy Spaniard, he leaves behind his girlfriend, his sister, Kenza, and his mother, and moves with him to Barcelona, where Kenza eventually joins them.

Linda Coverdale is a literary translator from French. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and has a P. in French Literature. Leaving Tangier by Tahar Ben Jelloun (Penguin, 2009).

Tangier, in the early 1990s: Young Moroccans gather regularly in a seafront cafe to gaze at the lights on the Spanish coast glimmering in the distance. Facing a future with few prospects in a country they feel has failed them, their disillusionment is matched only by their desire to reach this paradise - so close and yet so far, not least because of the treacherous waters separating the two countries and the frightening stories they hear of the fates of would-be illegal emigrants. A young man called Azel is intent upon leaving one way or another. At 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. Seeing no other solution, and although he has a girlfriend to whom he is promised, Azel agrees to Miguel's proposition and thus begins a different kind of hell for the young Moroccan - shame and self-disgust at his own helplessness gradually overcome him and he finds himself once more in a hopeless situation. Azel and others like him, including his sister, begin to wonder if the reality of life in Europe will live up to their dreams.
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Mpapa
"Leaving Tangier" is Moroccan author Tahar Ben Jelloun's portraits of immigrants and would-be immigrants, who reluctantly leave or are forced to leave their homes and families for what is often the false promise of a new and more rewarding life in a different country and culture. These unlooked-for departures are necessary because Morocco (and many other countries) cannot provide them with any reasonable opportunity for a decent future, and these are people who are unwilling to accept that fate so early in life.

Each of the characters in this book--Azel, the handsome and well-educated young man who moves to Barcelona to become the companion of a wealthy gay Spaniard; Kenza, Azel's sister who leaves Morocco in pursuit of the perfect romance that might provide equality and security; Malika, the teenage girl who dreams of personal independence but is forced to leave school to work in a frigid canning plant; Mohammed Larbi, who because he attempts to help a young woman matched for marriage with an old man, disappears into a jihadist training camp in Pakistan; and Nazim, the Turk, who is exiled to Spain by gamblers to whom he owes more money than he can repay and ruins his own life, that of his Turkish family and ultimately, of Kenza, who believes him to embody her dream of the perfect mate--face enormous odds against success, but they all have an unusual degree of personal courage that pushes them to attempt a leap into a better life.

These stories are heartbreakingly sad and probably accurately reflect the experiences of thousands of modern immigrants who struggle to build new lives in countries where they are not really welcomed; where their cultural background, physical looks and limited education keep most of them outside the new culture and at a permanent disadvantage economically and socially. Even sadder, they are often completely disconnected from their home cultures and support systems. Marginal success at assimilation is generally the most they can aspire to. Melancholy and alienation dominate their feelings.

Author Ben Jelloun is a wonderful story-teller who does justice to the stories of his characters. This is an important contribution to understanding the plight of millions of today's immigrants and displaced people. Ben Jelloun's prose is well-served by translator Linda Coverdale.
Ranenast
This novel has various narrators but the plot follows loads of hot topics and how a handful of characters deal with those in an oppressive Morocco.
WUNDERKIND
Living in Spain as I do and overlooking Morocco, I found it interesting to get into the mindset of the Moroccan people. It puts many issues into perspective and when we read the newspapers telling of people dying en route to Europe...it resonates much more deeply. The book also examines the various attitudes of people who leave their homeland and how it impacts their lives in so many different ways....a good easily readable book.
Burgas
I absolutely loved this book. If you understand Moroccan culture you will understand what these characters are going through (or in my case, give even more insight to the struggles they face on a more personal level.). I highly recommend this book to everyone!! We all have a lot to learn from these characters.
Uylo
This is must read for any one who wants to know more about contemporary Morocco, and/or the Arab Spring. Azel, the main character, and his sister Kenza are young people with hopes and dreams, but the only way they can see to fulfill them is to leave home, and cross the strait to Spain. They'll go to extraordinary lengths to accomplish that end. The results may be more than they bargained for. Tahar ben Jelloun's writing makes you care desperately about these all-too-human characters. I couldn't put it down.
Dilmal
Sad,yearning story of educated people who have no where to go in their home country.Leaving home is not always the answer to find happiness and success while trying to forget or ignore the personal issues that drove the decision. Can you go home again?
Umrdana
Loved this book! Wonderful descriptions and unforgettable characters. Gritty and believable for a generation looking for a better life and the price they would pay for it.
This was a great book about being gay in other countries and like many gay people here and in many other situations as well, thinking the grass is always greener on the other side. Unfortunately this is not always the case as our young hero finds nor does his sister who leaves to join him in searching for a better future as well. This a very good novel, one I highly recommend and that would make an excellent play I do believe.