The Deaf-Mute Boyequal parts travel story, love story, and a resonant confrontation with the Muslim worldis the tale of a gay American professor immersed in a North African society. Maurice Burke, an archaeologist, is invited to speak at a conference in the bustling port town of Sousse, Tunisia. At first disillusioned by its rampant tourism and squalid commercialism, Maurice becomes intrigued by his surroundings after meeting a local deaf-mute boy. While exploring a vibrant souk, Maurice encounters a religious leader who guides him on a fateful introduction to the boy’s family. As Maurice’s involvement with the deaf-mute boy intensifies, he finds himself drawn into a maze of Tunisian politics, culture, and religion.
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Published September 12, 2006
by University of Wisconsin Press.
Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Travel, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction.