The Sacred Night continues the remarkable story Tahar Ben Jelloun began in The Sand Child. Mohammed Ahmed, a Moroccan girl raised as a boy in order to circumvent Islamic inheritance laws regarding female children, remains deeply conflicted about her identity. In a narrative that shifts in and out of reality moving between a mysterious present and a painful past, Ben Jelloun relates the events of Ahmed's adult life. Now calling herself Zahra, she renounces her role as only son and heir after her father's death and journeys through a dreamlike Moroccan landscape. A searing allegorical portrait of North African society, The Sacred Night uses Arabic fairy tales and surrealist elements to craft a stunning and disturbing vision of protest and rebellion against the strictures of hidebound traditions governing gender roles and sexuality.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Modern Fiction that recalls Rushdie and GrassAbout the Author:
Tahar Ben Jelloun was born in Fez, Morocco, in 1944 and has lived in France since 1971. An internationally recognized novelist, poet, playwright, and essayist, Ben Jelloun has received numerous awards for his works, including the Prix Maghreb, the Prix des Hemispheres and the Legion of Honor. His books include Solitaire, Silent Day in Tangier, With Downcast Eyes, Corruption, and Racism Explained to My Daughter. He is also a regular contributor to Le Monde. His novel The Sand Child is also available in paperback from Johns Hopkins.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97801517915071.0
Book Description U.S.A.: Harcourt, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. new/new hc. Bookseller Inventory # 00565
Book Description Harcourt, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0151791503
Book Description Harcourt, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110151791503
Book Description Harcourt. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0151791503 Never Read-may have light shelf or handling wear-has a price sticker or price written inside front or back cover-publishers mark-Good Copy- I ship FAST with FREE tracking!!. Bookseller Inventory # SKU000029426
Book Description Harcourt. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0151791503 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.1049007