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Tahar Ben Jelloun

Author of The Sand Child

120+ Works 4,403 Members 124 Reviews 8 Favorited

About the Author

Controversial winner of the prestigious French Prix Goncourt (1987), Tahar Ben Jelloun is a Moroccan writer who has not found much favor at home, despite his growing popularity abroad. According to some North African critics, Ben Jelloun intentionally sets out to please foreign readers. The critics show more contend that his writing reinforces European stereotypes by pandering to western tastes for quaint folklore and traditions, and exotic scenery. Moroccan critics have accused Ben Jelloun of creating artificial, fabricated stories that fail to convey a true picture of Morocco. They have also been offended by his criticism of Morocco, and the fact that he reveals sides of Moroccan life that are usually kept hidden. Ben Jelloun's story of a girl dressed as a boy, L'Enfant du Sable (The Sand Child) (1985), was scandalous in their eyes. After Ben Jelloun won the Prix Goncourt, a number of critics changed their minds and have begun to praise his work. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by Tahar Ben Jelloun

The Sand Child (1985) — Author — 609 copies
The Sacred Night (1987) 362 copies
Leaving Tangier (2006) 223 copies
The Last Friend (2004) 165 copies
Islam Explained (2002) 149 copies
Corruption (1994) 119 copies
With Downcast Eyes (1991) — Author — 116 copies
A Palace in the Old Village (2009) 113 copies
L'Auberge des pauvres (1999) 111 copies
About My Mother (2007) 109 copies
Nuit de l'erreur (1997) 100 copies
The Happy Marriage (2010) 92 copies
L'Écrivain public (1983) 66 copies
Moha le fou, Moha le sage (1978) 60 copies
Le pareti della solitudine (1976) 51 copies
Prière de l'absent (1981) 49 copies
Amours sorcières (2003) 48 copies
Harrouda (1982) 48 copies
Raisins de la galère (1996) — Author — 45 copies
State of Absence (1992) 42 copies
French Hospitality (1984) 33 copies
El castigo (2018) 24 copies
Le mariage de plaisir (2016) 24 copies
Rising of the ashes (1991) 22 copies
La Plus Haute des Solitudes (1977) 17 copies
El islam que da miedo (2015) 16 copies
Mes contes de Perrault (2014) 16 copies
L'Enfant de sable - La Nuit sacrée (1987) — Author — 16 copies
L'ablation (2014) 13 copies
L'hammam (2002) 13 copies
Ecole Perdue (Folio Junior) (French Edition) (2001) — Author — 12 copies
Marocco, romanzo (2010) 11 copies
L'ha ucciso lei (2008) 11 copies
Fuoco (2011) 11 copies
The Magic of Morocco (1999) 10 copies
11 september : ett år efteråt (2002) — Contributor — 8 copies
Lettre à Delacroix (2010) 8 copies
Sleeping Beauty (2004) 7 copies
Claudio Bravo And Morocco (2004) 5 copies
L'insomnie (2019) 5 copies
Un pays sur les nerfs (2017) 5 copies
Haut Atlas : l'exil de pierres (1982) — Author — 4 copies
Nouvelles pour la liberté (2003) — Contributor — 3 copies
Racconti coranici (2015) 3 copies
Yoksullar Hani (2021) 2 copies
Poèmes, peintures (2015) 2 copies
Kum Cocuk (2022) 2 copies
Kutsal Gece (2001) 2 copies
Devenin söylediği (2000) 2 copies
Strade 2 copies
Nouvelles (1997) 1 copy
Basale Stimulation. (2003) 1 copy
El Insomnio (2022) 1 copy
La Rue Pour Un Seul (2003) 1 copy
Manden der gav efter (1998) 1 copy
Romans (2017) 1 copy
A l'insu du souvenir (1980) 1 copy
La Couleur des mots (2022) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Arabian Nights (0009) — some editions — 869 copies
For Bread Alone (1973) — Translator, some editions — 379 copies
Granta 31: The General (1990) — Contributor — 143 copies
Beirut 39: New Writing from the Arab World (2010) — Foreword — 93 copies
Don Quijote: Alrededor Del Mundo (2005) — Contributor — 7 copies
Les cultures del Magreb (1994) 3 copies
Jean Genet, un saint marocain (2010) — Contributor — 1 copy

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An interesting story with some beautiful imagery, but a little too repetitious.
 
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lschiff | Sep 24, 2023 |
About a brother and sister who manage to escape Morocco for Spain and their separate/combined stories. About immigrants (those who arrive), emigrants (those who leave), and identity. Well written with a somewhat peculiar ending.
 
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Gypsy_Boy | 8 other reviews | Aug 26, 2023 |
Historia es la magia de tres ciudadanos. La Fez de los años cuarenta, el Tánger de los años cincuenta, el Xauen de hoy. Tres localidades de leyenda para una novela que nos remonta a los más hermosos y terrible relatos con que Scherezade entretenía las veladas del sultán. Zina ha sido concebida en una «noche del error», en un momento nefasto para la creación, cuando nada debe acceder a la vida. Coincidiendo, además, con la muerte de su abuelo. Maldita de la suerte para siempre, Zina será una mujer marginada. Una catalizadora de infidelidad. Y sólo encontrará una manera de estar en el mundo: irse vengando de los hombres a quienes cautiva con su belleza. ¿Es Tánger? ¿Es Zina una metáfora de Tánger la Blanca, la ciudad que jamás fue conquistada?. Tahar Ben Jelloun es uno de los novelistas preferidos de los lectores europeos, y La noche del pecado es, hasta el momento, su mayor éxito internacional.… (more)
 
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libreriarofer | 2 other reviews | Jul 23, 2023 |
Spare and intense story of friendship and envy and the unresolved complexities of growing older. I have great admiration for authors who just tell a story without thought of marketing or standards or categories.
 
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Kiramke | 10 other reviews | Jun 27, 2023 |

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