review L’ETRANGERE


This autobiographical book follows the first volume, that I reviewed last week. This first book ‘La prisonnière‘ Malika Oufkir recounts her life at the court of Moroccon king, where she entered after an adoption. After her father, general Oufkir, had been executed in the days after a coup in 1972. Oufkir’s wife Fatima and her … Continue reading review L’ETRANGERE

review LA PRISONNIERE


In this book Malika Oufkir tells the story of her life. She was born in 1953 in the kingdom of Morocco during the reign of king Mohammed V. She was born into a well-to-do family. Her mother Fatima Chenna came from a rich background. Her father was a soldier who had served abroad, serving the … Continue reading review LA PRISONNIERE

review CETTE AVEUGLANTE ABSENCE DE LUMIERE


In the North African country a coup took place in July 1971. A group of military men, officers and subalterns, attacked the Skhirat palace, where king Hassan II stays. The coup failed after many losses on both sides. Some of the subalterns were taken captive and taken into isolation and deprivation in Tazmamart. Tahar ben … Continue reading review CETTE AVEUGLANTE ABSENCE DE LUMIERE

review AFRIKA IS BESMETTELIJK


Several books written by medical doctors from a European country spending time in one or another African country have found refuge on my bookshelves. I have not had the honour of shelving a book written by a nurse about his/her medical experience in an African country.  Steven van de Vijver, a Dutch medical doctor, is … Continue reading review AFRIKA IS BESMETTELIJK

review ‘N ANDER LAND


Let us travel in time and turn to the seventies in the nineteenth century. We find ourselves in Bloemfontein, the capital village of the Oranje Vrijstaat, in what is now South Africa. Bleomfontein is young settlement of about thirty years at that time. People from many places have descended on this place. People from Dutch … Continue reading review ‘N ANDER LAND

review DANS L’ENFER DES TOURNANTES


This is the horrifying story of Samira Bellil,  a girl grown into a young woman, who was raised in the suburbs of Paris in a family of Algerian descent.  She herself was born in Algeria. Samira tells her story of gang rape of drugs abuse of physical and mental abuse to show other girls and … Continue reading review DANS L’ENFER DES TOURNANTES