The violence of war is rendered immediate and vividly personal in this powerful book by one of North Africa's premier writers and intellectuals. The human devastation wrought upon Iraqis in the Gulf War and upon Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and the Occupied Territories is captured in a quietly unrelenting, essential act of remembering that balances lyricism with horror. Tahar Ben Jelloun, poet, novelist, and professor, was born and raised in Fez, Morocco, and has lived and worked in France since 1971. Winner of the Prix Goncourt in 1987, he is the author of numerous works of fiction, poetry, and critique.
Tahar Ben Jelloun, poet, novelist and professor, was born in Fez, Morocco in 1944. He has lived and worked in France since 1971. Winner of the Prix Goncourt in 1987, he received the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2004. Author of numerous works of fiction, poetry, and critique, he writes regularly for diverse journals and newspapers, including Le Monde. Cullen Goldblatt is a writer and translator based in Brooklyn and living Dakar, Senegal. He was a 2006 National Poetry Series Finalist and his work has appeared in Words Without Borders, Left Turn Magazine and Guernica. He is author of the poem Night Music (Hotel St. George Press, 2008) and translator of elobi, by Patrice Nganang (Africa World Press, 2006).