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For Bread Alone by Mohamed Choukri
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For Bread Alone (1980)

by Mohamed Choukri

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Un libro di una sensualità disperata, asciutta e... cazzuta! ( )
  downisthenewup | Aug 17, 2017 |
احسست ان الكاتب اراد ان يزيح جبالاً من على كتفه وكانه بالكتابه يكفر عن خطيئته لم يتجمل او يصور نفسه ملاكا لكنه ضحيه ابيه وامه عاش طفوله قاسيه مثل ديف بلازر فى طفل اسمه نكره وايضا حياه المجون مثل بطل ترمى بشرر
الروايه تريك الحقيقه عاريه دون تزييف من الممكن ان يقول البعض انها بها اشياء مقززه لكن اقول الحياه هكذا هذا وجهها البشع لاتطلبوا من انسان انتهك روحه وهو صغير ان يصير ملاكا لاتتوقعوا الكمال من البشر

اعتقد ان الترجمه ليست على النحو المطلوب فاحسست بعض الاجزاء تائهه منى

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  Yara.Eisa | Feb 27, 2014 |
This book, under difficult conditions translated into English by Paul Bowles, narrates a typical fate of a boy who grew up in the extremely poor region of the Northern Moroccan Berber area. Behind the touching story stands the silent question why Europeans, who are involved politically since more than a hundred years in Moroccan affairs, are not able to better basic life conditions and cultural standards in the Southern neighbouring states of the Mediterranean Sea.
  hbergander | Feb 16, 2014 |
Arabic title: "Al-Khubz al-Hafi"
  papusha | Jun 6, 2009 |
Account of the harsh youth of the author. Mistreated by his father, illiterate and famished, he escaped home into a life of criminality and pure survival. Later on in his life he met people who inspired him to learn how to read and write. This enabled him to write this account of his early life and teenage years.
A rough account, written in short sentences and in a very direct style, which makes it at times a little unpleasant and uncomfortable to read. It is not the kind of book that you read for literary beauty or that you read while drinking a glass of good wine. There is very little friendliness and beauty in the life of the narrator. Through his style he smashes his misery in your face. I thought that was very well done, even if it was unpleasant. Strange reading experience... ( )
2 vote Tinwara | Apr 19, 2008 |
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Choukri, MohamedAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ben Jelloun, TaharTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bowles, PaulTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Hongerjaren is het autobiografische verhaal van Mohammed Choukri (1935-2003) dat met rauw realisme laat zien hoe het is om te leven aan de onderkant van de Marokkaanse samenleving. Bij verschijning in Marokko zorgde dit boek voor grote opschudding en werd het zelfs tot 2000 verboden.

Wanneer werkloosheid en honger de familie Choukri uit hun geboortestreek drijft, moet Mohammed eenmaal in de stad aangekomen het gezin in leven houden. Voor hem volgen jaren met honger, mishandeling, jongensprostitutie en diefstal. In de strijd om te overleven is alles geoorloofd en bieden alleen drank, drugs en seks enige verlichting.

Mohammed Choukri heeft met Hongerjaren een indrukwekkend verhaal geschreven over de verschrikkingen en beproevingen die hij in zijn leven heeft moeten doorstaan.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0863561381, Paperback)

Choukri's classic and moving work, which has already been translated into more than ten languages,speaks for an entire generation of North Africans.

Born in the Rif, Choukri moved with his family to Tangier at a time of great famine. His childhood was spent in abject poverty; eight of his brothers and sisters died of malnutrition or neglect. During his adolescence, described here with its attendant erotic escapades, Choukri worked for a time as servant to a French family. He then returned to Tangier, where he experienced the violence of the 1952 independence riots.

At the age of 20, and still illiterate, he took the decision to learn to read and write classical Arabic - a decision, which transformed his life. After mastering the language, he became a teacher and writer, finally being awarded the chair of Arabic Literature at Ibn Batuta College in Tangier.

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