A Tunisian Tale (Modern Arabic Literature) (Paperback)

A Tunisian Tale (Modern Arabic Literature) By Hassouna Mosbahi, Max Weiss (Translator) Cover Image
By Hassouna Mosbahi, Max Weiss (Translator)
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After ne'er-do-wells spread rumors about a widowed mother's weak moral character among the people of a slum on the outskirts of Tunis that festers with migrants who have come to the metropolis from the heartland in search of a better life, her twenty-year-old son takes matters into his own hands and commits an unspeakable crime. An imaginative and disturbing novel told from the alternating viewpoints of this unrepentant sociopath, as he sits and fumes on death row but willingly guides us through his juvenile exploits and twisted memories, and his murdered mother, who calmly gives an account of her interrupted life from beyond the grave, A Tunisian Tale introduces the narrative talents of Hassouna Mosbahi to an English-language audience for the first time, as he confronts both taboos of Tunisian society and the boundaries of conventional storytelling.

About the Author

Hassouna Mosbahi was born in Kairouan, Tunisia, in 1950. He received the National Novel Prize (Tunisia) in 1986 and the Tukan Prize (Munich) in 2000. A Tunisian Tale is his first novel to be published in English. Max Weiss is assistant professor of history and Near Eastern studies at Princeton University. He is the translator of several Arabic novels.
Product Details
ISBN: 9789774167416
ISBN-10: 9774167414
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press
Publication Date: January 30th, 2016
Pages: 152
Language: English
Series: Modern Arabic Literature