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This Blinding Absence of Light By Tahar Ben Jelloun

This Blinding Absence of Light
by Tahar Ben Jelloun

'a sad and splendid book' New York Times Book Review
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This Blinding Absence of Light Summary


In this extraordinary non-fiction novel, based on a true story, Tahar Ben Jelloun traces the experiences of Salim who, in 1971, took part in a failed coup attempt to oust King Hassan II of Morocco. With sixty others Salim was incarcerated in a secret prison complex in the Moroccan desert: he was to remain there for nearly twenty years. In starkly eloquent, beautiful prose, Ben Jelloun relates the prisoners' experiences as they struggle to survive. The son of a witty, feckless courtier who disowns him, Salim tells stories to keep sane - from the suras of his beloved Koran to the plot of A Streetcar Named Desire. Even in the darkest, most terrible conditions, sympathy, insight, the human quest for meaning and understanding, never desert Salim. The resulting novel is a wrenching yet exquisite celebration of the human spirit and its determination to survive. 'A masterpiece' Judges of the IMPAC award 'a sad and splendid book' New York Times Book Review

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Sku
GOR001011204
Title
This Blinding Absence of Light
Author
Tahar Ben Jelloun
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Paperback
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Year published
2005-09-01
Number of pages
208
ISBN 10
0141022825
ISBN 13
9780141022826
Prizes
Short-listed for Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2006
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