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The sand child

Author: Tahar Ben Jelloun; Alan Sheridan
Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, ©1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First United States editionView all editions and formats
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Determined to have a son after seven daughters, Hajji Ahmed names his eighth child Mohammed Ahmed, but as this child matures, she explores her true sexual identity as a woman named Zahra.
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ben Jelloun, Tahar, 1944-
Sand child.
San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, ©1987
(OCoLC)572438143
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tahar Ben Jelloun; Alan Sheridan
ISBN: 0151792879 9780151792870
OCLC Number: 15428839
Language Note: Translation of: L'enfant de sable.
Notes: "A Helen & Kurt Wolff book."
Description: vi, 165 pages ; 22 cm
Other Titles: Enfant de sable.
Responsibility: Tahar Ben Jelloun ; translated by Alan Sheridan.

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Determined to have a son after seven daughters, Hajji Ahmed names his eighth child Mohammed Ahmed, but as this child matures, she explores her true sexual identity as a woman named Zahra.

Tahar Ben Jelloun's The Sand Child is the story - or more accurately the legend - of Hajj Ahmed Suleyman's eighth daughter, whom he raises as a man during Morocco's French Protectorate period to circumvent Islam's inheritance laws. Throughout the novel Hajj Ahmed's daughter struggles with the issue of gender identity, oscillating between being the male Ahmed and female Zahra. This ambiguous and fluctuating identity coincides with a confusing and often difficult to follow narrative structure that resembles the oral narrative of the traditional Moroccan storyteller reciting the legend of the life of "our character" Ahmed/Zahra to a crowd of listeners in the square of Marrakech. But halfway through the novel, the storyteller suddenly dies, leaving the story of Ahmed/Zahra unfinished. -- From https://www.amazon.fr (Sep. 16, 2016).

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