The Maroccan writer Binebine is not only a writer, but also a painter and sculptor. In this book he grouped together a number of stories about a group of people on the edge of society. We meet these people at the Maroccan coast, waiting for an opportunity to sail to Spain and in this way to enter Europe and paradise.

The writer paints the lives of different people who wait for a new future. People, each with his own expectations. Each, with her own reasons for leaving, like the woman who wants to travel to her husband in France and stay with him with their child. For over a year she has not a word from her husband.

Another story is about a man who lived already for many years in Paris. His world was a tiny room at a restaurant. He was extradited and is considered by the others in the group as an expert on paradise.

It is a beautiful book. The writer takes you along in the lives of this ragged group looking for happiness.  And they are still coming in their small boats on the high seas.

Mahi Binebine – Cannibales. Traversées dans l’enfer de Gribaltar – 1999


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I enjoy reading about Africa. New books. Old books. By African writers. By non-African writers. Novel. History. Travel. Biographies. Autobiographies. Politics. Colonialism. Poetry.

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