La Nuit sacrée

by Ben Jelloun

Paperback, 1989

Status

Available

Call number

843

Genres

Publication

Editions du Seuil (1989)

Description

The Sacred Night continues the remarkable story Tahar Ben Jelloun began in The Sand Child. Mohammed Ahmed, a Moroccan girl raised as a boy in order to circumvent Islamic inheritance laws regarding female children, remains deeply conflicted about her identity. In a narrative that shifts in and out of reality moving between a mysterious present and a painful past, Ben Jelloun relates the events of Ahmed's adult life. Now calling herself Zahra, she renounces her role as only son and heir after her father's death and journeys through a dreamlike Moroccan landscape. A searing allegorical portrait of North African society, The Sacred Night uses Arabic fairy tales and surrealist elements to craft a stunning and disturbing vision of protest and rebellion against the strictures of hidebound traditions governing gender roles and sexuality.… (more)

Language

Original language

French

Original publication date

1987

Physical description

7.09 inches

ISBN

2020107953 / 9782020107952
Page: 1.1444 seconds