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An Arab melancholia : a novel

Author: Abdellah Taïa; Frank Stock
Publisher: Los Angeles : Semiotext(e), ©2012.
Series: Native agent series
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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I had to rediscover who I was. And that's why I left the apartment ... And there I was, right in the heart of the Arab world, a world that never tired of making the same mistakes over and over ... I had no more leniency when it came to the Arab world ... None for the Arabs and none for myself. I suddenly saw things with merciless lucidity ... -- An Arab Melancholia.
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Genre/Form: Fictional autobiographies
Fiction
Autobiographical fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Abdellah Taïa; Frank Stock
ISBN: 9781584351115 158435111X
OCLC Number: 781777172
Language Note: In English; translated from the French.
Notes: Originally published: Paris, France : Éditions du Seuil, 2008.
Description: 141 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Native agent series
Other Titles: Mélancolie arabe.
Responsibility: Abdellah Taïa ; translated from the French by Frank Stock.

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I had to rediscover who I was. And that's why I left the apartment ... And there I was, right in the heart of the Arab world, a world that never tired of making the same mistakes over and over ... I had no more leniency when it came to the Arab world ... None for the Arabs and none for myself. I suddenly saw things with merciless lucidity ... -- An Arab Melancholia.

Salé, near Rabat. The mid 1980s. A lower-class teenager is running after his dream to become a movie director. Running is the only way he can stand up to the violence that is his Morocco. This autobiographical novel traces the emergence of Taïa's identity as an openly gay Arab man living between cultures, creating a new world where the self is effaced by desire and love, and writing is always an act of discovery.

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Taia writes from within a distinctly different Arab culture in this passionate novel about two worlds intersecting. * <i>Pridesource: Between the Lines Read more...

 
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