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The sacred night

Author: Tahar Ben Jelloun; Alan Sheridan
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.
Series: John Hopkins paperbacks.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : Johns Hopkins paperback edView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Islamic stories
Fiction
Allegories
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tahar Ben Jelloun; Alan Sheridan
ISBN: 0801864410 9780801864414
OCLC Number: 42923682
Awards: Winner of Prix Goncourt 1987 (France)
Description: vii, 178 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: Inventory --
Night of destiny --
A beautiful day --
The perfumed garden --
The mirrors of time --
A dagger caressing my back --
The seated woman --
The consul --
The pact --
A soul defeated --
A confusion of feelings --
The consul's room --
A lake of heavy water --
The brothel charade --
The murder --
In the darkness --
The letter --
Ashes and blood --
The forgotten --
My story, my prison --
Hell --
The saint.
Series Title: John Hopkins paperbacks.
Other Titles: Nuit sacrée.
Responsibility: Tahar Ben Jelloun ; translated by Alan Sheridan.
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