For Bread Alone

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City Lights Books, 1973 - Biography & Autobiography - 151 pages
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Choukri's classic and moving work, which has already been translated into more than ten languages, speaks for an entire generation of North Africans. Born in the Rif, Choukri moved with his family to Tangier at a time of great famine. His childhood was spent in abject poverty; eight of his brothers and sisters died of malnutrition or neglect. During his adolescence, described here with its attendant erotic escapades, Choukri worked for a time as servant to a French family. He then returned to Tangier, where he experienced the violence of the 1952 independence riots. At the age of 20, and still illiterate, he took the decision to learn to read and write classical Arabic - a decision, which transformed his life. After mastering the language, he became a teacher and writer, finally being awarded the chair of Arabic Literature at Ibn Batuta College in Tangier.

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User Review  - hbergander - LibraryThing

This book, under difficult conditions translated into English by Paul Bowles, narrates a typical fate of a boy who grew up in the extremely poor region of the Northern Moroccan Berber area. Behind the ... Read full review

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User Review  - GlebtheDancer - LibraryThing

This is a bleak journey through the early life of the author, translated by Paul Bowles. It describes the crippling poverty of Choukri’s childhood and young adulthood. The language is sparse and ... Read full review


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