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

The Moroccan-born writer of Lullaby returns to north Africa to explore sex, pornography and hypocrisy


The writer Leila Slimani hails from Morocco, but lives and works in France. In her books she manages to touch raw nerves, especially about sex and its environment. In her new book Sex and lies she continues her journey of discovery. In this article you will find out more about Leila and her novel and … Continue reading The Moroccan-born writer of Lullaby returns to north Africa to explore sex, pornography and hypocrisy

review DE DOOD VAN MURAT IDRISSI


Two young Dutch women from Moroccan descent decide to travel from the Rotterdam area in The Netherlands to Morocco. They want to be modern indepent women, not hindered by their traditional families, not hindered by people who watch their every step. Ilham did train in Financial Services and works at a call centre. Thoraya, her … Continue reading review DE DOOD VAN MURAT IDRISSI

In Laila Lalami’s novel, immigrants are fully-realized people—and so are racists


Leaving one’s place. Moving from one town to another town. Leaving one culture and settling in another. One country behind your back and in front of you a new country with new cultures.  For the Rabat-born writer Laila Lalami crossing borders borders has been part of her life. She left Morocco to study in the … Continue reading In Laila Lalami’s novel, immigrants are fully-realized people—and so are racists