Harrouda

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Denoël, 1988 - Fiction - 176 pages
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Harrouda n'apparaît que le jour. Elle commence par lâcher ses cheveux en avant et tourne sur place. Puis elle relève sa robe. Les enfants n'ont que le temps d'y croire, déjà le rideau est baissé. Le reste, ils le retrouvent dans leurs rêves et, pour le narrateur, à chaque étape de son adolescence. Harrouda, prostituée déchue, fut son premier amour, et la maîtresse de deux villes : Fès, lieu de toutes les vertus et de la tradition, Tanger - que Jean Genet appelle Tanger-la-trahison. Une femme, deux villes, toutes les femmes, " et nous guettons la solitude pour de nouveaux fantasmes. Nous les collons sur une page d'écriture. Le rire. Seul le rire pour accoupler ce que nous avons osé. " Ce livre est un roman-poème du grand conteur marocain Ben Jelloun.

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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 kept hidden. Ben Jelloun's story of a girl dressed as a boy, L'Enfant du Sable (The Sand Child) (1985), was scandalous in their eyes. Since Ben Jelloun won the Prix Goncourt, a number of critics changed their minds and have begun to praise his work.

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