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Le silence des rives

Author: Leïla Sebbar
Publisher: [Paris] : Stock, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : FrenchView all editions and formats
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Quelque part, dans le Sud de la France, un homme remonte le cours du fleuve comme on remonte le cours de sa vie, dans l'imminence de la mort. Reviennent les couleurs et les mots de "là-bas", ceux de la terre natale, sur l'"autre rive" de la Méditerranée. Mais l'exil c'est, au moment suprême, l'absence de ces rites immémoriaux qui accompagnent "le passage" et que, dans le livre, trois sœurs mystérieuses et
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leïla Sebbar
ISBN: 2234025532 9782234025530
OCLC Number: 28473565
Description: 143 pages ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Leïla Sebbar.

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Quelque part, dans le Sud de la France, un homme remonte le cours du fleuve comme on remonte le cours de sa vie, dans l'imminence de la mort. Reviennent les couleurs et les mots de "là-bas", ceux de la terre natale, sur l'"autre rive" de la Méditerranée. Mais l'exil c'est, au moment suprême, l'absence de ces rites immémoriaux qui accompagnent "le passage" et que, dans le livre, trois sœurs mystérieuses et fatales comme les Parques, dispensent à ceux qui sont restés près de la grande maison. Le silence des rives est d'abord une très belle parabole sur l'exil et la mémoire. Ni noms, ni prénoms n'en singularisent les personnages : ils sont l'"homme", l'"enfant", la "mère", les "trois sœurs". -- Back cover.

Silence on the Shores depicts the final day in the life of a Maghrebian immigrant in France. Having crossed the Mediterranean to "the other shore" as a young man to find work, he ultimately remained in France, married a French woman, and broke the promise he made to his mother to return home one day. Aware that death is drawing close, he fears experiencing the ultimate form of exile: dying alone, with no fellow Muslim at his side to whisper the customary prayer for the dead in his ear. Leila Sebbar's style conveys the simplicity of everyday life on both shores of the Mediterranean. Interweaving several monologues, she examines multiple facets of exile and the role of memory in easing its pain.

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