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A Tunisian Tale

A Tunisian Tale
Hassouna Mosbahi

Translated by: Max Weiss

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After rumors are spread about a widowed mother's weak moral character among the people of a slum on the outskirts of Tunis, 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.

Author Info

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.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: The American University in Cairo Press
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press

ISBN: 9789774164804
Publication Date: 15 Mar 2012
Number of Pages: 208
Height: 236
Width: 155

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