What Does It Take to ‘Assimilate’ in America?


The topic of ‘us’ and ‘them’ is still around, has been around and will be around. The Morocco-born writer Laila Lalami moved to the United States of America, settled there, studied, and wrote. Today she published an article in The New York Times Magazine on the topic of assimilation. You can read her thoughts here. … Continue reading What Does It Take to ‘Assimilate’ in America?

The Border Is All Around Us, and It’s Growing


Borders are all around us. Borders bet5ween countries, between continents, beteen people, between groups of people. There are walls, not just between Mexico and the United States of America. There are high fences between Morocco and small portions of Spain, on the African continent.  Some people create borders by criticizing others, who are erecting borders. … Continue reading The Border Is All Around Us, and It’s Growing

Laila Lalami, Luis Urrea, and Shobha Rao


Next month there will be a meeting in New York (USA) with three writers. One of them is Laila Lalami, born in Morocco, but these days she is residing and working in the USA. She wrote a book about people trying to reach Spain to continue their life with more prospects. The theme of the … Continue reading Laila Lalami, Luis Urrea, and Shobha Rao

SECRET SON


This novel by the Morocco-born writer Laila Lalami is set in the North African country of Morocco. Lalami presently lives and works in the United States of America. In this novel we follow the life of the young man Youssef, who lives in one of the poorer areas of Casablanca (the White House) with his … Continue reading SECRET SON

We are each other’s keepers


The relationship between a gun and a religion is a difficult one, throughout the ages, throughout religions. Writing this I wonder if there is a troublesome relationship between a gun and atheism as well. Or is just the religious pint of view that is troublesome to some and to many?  Laila Lalami writes about the … Continue reading We are each other’s keepers

HOPE AND OTHER DANGEROUS PURSUITS


I have just read the debut novel by the Moroccon-born writer Laila Lalami, who has spent already many years in the United States. She has managed to leave her country of birth and setttle in another place. Others tried but did not succeed.  Some of those who have tried we do meet in her novel. … Continue reading HOPE AND OTHER DANGEROUS PURSUITS