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The Storyteller of Marrakesh


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ISBN13: 9780393340617
ISBN10: 0393340619
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Hassan, a storyteller, has gathered listeners in Marrakesh's fabled Jemaa el Fna to perform his annual re-creation of the night on which two foreigners mysteriously disappeared from the square. But as his audience offers contradicting testimonies, and details transform or dissolve in the haze of memory, the couple takes on an air as enigmatic as their fate, leaving us to wonder whether Hassan is getting closer to the truth or, more disturbingly, is himself part of the mystery.


"An enigmatic fable in the tradition of 'The Thousand and One Nights.' " --Anderson Tepper,

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Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya was born in Jamshedpur, India, and lives in New York. His first novel, The Gabriel Club, was published in eight languages in sixteen countries.

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E S Pittenger, January 6, 2013 (view all comments by E S Pittenger)
In order to live, a story requires a teller and an audience. In the case of Hassan, the storyteller of the Djemaa el Fna, the central square of the fabled city of Marrakesh, he involves his entire audience in the recreation of the night two foreign visitors disappeared from that very square, involving Hassan’s brother, Mustafa, a man who has sworn to pursue beauty no matter the cost and who has been swept up in the crime that seems to surround the incident.

We often hear that stories are the means we have invented for exploring and finding life’s truths, but in this case we see that the story’s truth may be a compilation of everyone’s lies. Roy-Bhattacharya gives us an enigmatic tale, richly symbolic, and overflowing with the exotic variety of the inhabitants of northwest Africa. The mysterious young couple are so thoroughly described by the various eye-witnesses to the events of that night that they become ironically unknowable except, perhaps, as symbols of Truth and Beauty much as the Djemma becomes a symbol and an unknowable entity in its function as a nexus or navel of the world.

India’s Roy-Bhattacharya creates a modern Arabesque reminiscent of A Thousand and One Nights in this compilation of vignettes around a central themes of what is truth and the unreliability of memory. This story about storytelling is a memorable book that will, no doubt, resonate within me for a long time after I have put it down.
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Roy Bhattacharya, Joydeep
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Roy-Bhattacharya, Joydeep
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