Leaving Tangier (Paperback)
Penguin Books, 9780143114659, 275pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2009
About the Author
Praise For Leaving Tangier…
"A brave, unflinching look at the issues underlying economic migration from North Africa-and the hard choices people make between roots and wings."
"[A] penetrating tale."
-The New York Times Book Review
"Ben Jelloun is arguably Morocco's greatest living author, whose impressive body of work combines intellect and imagination in magical fusion. . . . Leaving Tangier is a wholly original feat of form and imagination. . . . There is unexpected humour jostling alongside the horror, in magical-realist passages illuminating the clash of traditional and modern."
"Artful and compassionate, Leaving Tangier evokes a milieu of self-exile and great expectations."
-The Washington Post
"Just as John Updike reminded Americans of the guilt and vertigo they sort out between the sheets, Ben Jelloun has chronicled the shame and secrecy surrounding sex in a Morocco of creeping fundamentalism and diminishing opportunity. The explicitness of the sex in his work is powerful and often beautifully erotic; it's . . . where sex amplifies the degradations of postcolonial economic reality that Leaving Tangier lands like a hammer blow. . . . Leaving Tangier would read like a blunt political instrument . . . were Ben Jelloun not such a wonderfully specific writer. Many scenes of agonizing depravity convey the desperation of poverty. . . . From such bracing particulars, Ben Jelloun fashions political fiction of great urgency."
-John Freeman, Bookforum
"Tahar Ben Jelloun lifts the veil on an astounding world of a thousand and one nights."
"Of the thirty books Tahar Ben Jelloun has written, this is undoubtedly one of the most courageous."
-Le Monde des Livres