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This Blinding Absence of Light.

by Tahar Ben Jelloun (Linda Coverdale translator) - £8.99  penguin (2005)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780141022826 | ISBN 10: 0141022825

In 1971 disaffected student Salim took part in a failed coup to oust King Hassan II of Morocco. With sixty others he was incarcerated in a secret prison complex in the Moroccon desert; they were to remain there for nearly twenty years. In starkly eloquent, beautiful prose, Tahar Ben Jelloun relates the prisoners' experiences as they struggle to survive. The son of a witty, feckless courtier who disowns him, Salim tells stories to keep sane - from suras of his beloved Koran to the plot of A Street Car Named Desire. Even in the darkest, most terrible conditions, sympathy, insight, the human quest for meaning and understanding nerver desert Salim. The resulting novel is a wrenching yet exquisite celebration of the human spirit and it's determination to survive.

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