A Palace in the Old Village

By Tahar Ben Jelloun

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Mohammed has spent the past 40 years working in France. As he approaches retirement, he takes stock of his life, his devotion to and to his assimilated children, and decides to return to Morocco, where he spends his savings building the biggest house in the village and waiting for his children and grandchildren to come and be with him.

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From 'Morocco's greatest living author' (The Guardian) comes a heartbreaking novel about parents and children, the powerful pull of home and the yearning for tradition and family. Mohammed has spent the past 40 years working in France. As he approaches retirement, he takes stock of his life - his devotion to Islam and to his assimilated children - and decides to return to Morocco, where he spends his life's savings building the biggest house in the village and waiting for his children and grandchildren to come and be with him.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Arcadia Books
Publication Date 3 Mar 2011
ISBN 9781906413750
Number of Pages 200

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'With this novel, Ben Jelloun, a native of Morocco, gives us an unvarnished look at a Muslim's life in the West, and reminds us that literature can help us understand one another.'

'In any language, Tahar Ben Jelloun would be a remarkable novelist.'

'What Ben Jelloun does brilliantly is write with a kind of refreshing candor that demystifies the Arab world.'

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