A Palace in the Old Village

By Tahar Ben Jelloun; Linda Coverdale (Translator)
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143118473, 183pp.)

Publication Date: January 25, 2011

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Description
The latest novel from "Morocco's greatest living author" ("The Guardian")
Award-winning, internationally bestselling author Tahar Ben Jelloun's new novel is the story of an immigrant named Mohammed who has spent forty years in France and is about to retire. Taking stock of his life- his devotion to Islam and to his assimilated children-he decides to return to Morocco, where he spends his life's savings building the biggest house in the village and waits for his children and grandchildren to come be with him. A heartbreaking novel about parents and children, "A Palace in the Old Village" captures the sometimes stark contrasts between old- and new-world values, and an immigrant's abiding pursuit of home.



About the Author
Tahar Ben Jelloun, poet, novelist and professor, was born in Fez, Morocco in 1944. He has lived and worked in France since 1971. Winner of the Prix Goncourt in 1987, he received the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2004. Author of numerous works of fiction, poetry, and critique, he writes regularly for diverse journals and newspapers, including Le Monde.

Linda Coverdale is the awarding-winning translator of many French works and has been honored with the title of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters for her contribution to French literature.


Praise For A Palace in the Old Village

"With this novel, Ben Jelloun, a native of Morocco, gives us an unvarnished look at a Muslim's life in the West, and reminds us that literature can help us understand one another."
-Minneapolis Star Tribune

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