With Downcast Eyes by Tahar Ben Jelloun
A Novel

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A young Moroccan girl in Paris confronts the sophistication of an unfamiliar country and the weight of a prophecy stating that she will one day discover a treasure that will save her Berber community. By the author of Sacred Night.

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Tahar Ben Jelloun was born in Fez, Morocco, and immigrated to France in 1961. A novelist, essayist, critic, and poet, he is a regular contributor to Le Monde, La Républica, El País, and Panorama.
Published May 1, 1993 by Bulfinch Pr. 249 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Finally, in another visit to the village--almost hallucinatory in the way she finally fulfills the prophecy--she realizes ``that a country is more than earth and houses...that the discovery of roots is an ordeal,'' and that memories can't be written or willed away.

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Weaving wildly from past to present, from dreaming to consciousness, from Morocco to France, this is a feverish novel of connection and distance in two cultures.

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