The Last Friend
by Tahar Ben Jelloun, a review from LA Weekly by Male in the Maghreb.
" 'The novel of French expression is where one finds the most audacity in contesting the social order,' Moroccan writer Tahar Ben Jelloun once said, referring to the curious practice of writing Arabic literature in the colonial tongue. 'This use of the Other's language is considered by some as treason.' As more translations trickle in, Anglophone readers are getting a much-needed glimpse into the unorthodox recesses of the Arab mind ? as expressed in the countercultural writings of the post-independence Maghreb. This underappreciated North African region has recently produced far more ambitious and modern work than such former giants of Arabic literature as Egypt and Iraq." Read the entire LA Weekly review.