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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Ben Jelloun, Tahar, 1944-
San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, ©1987
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Tahar Ben Jelloun; Alan Sheridan
|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.|
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).