Category Archives: Literature

The Ghosts of France’s Colonial Past

Sans Négrier by Laurent Gaudé tells the story of a man who was recently promoted captain of a slave trade ship in light of the recent passing of his commanding officer Bressac.  His task was to bring slaves from Senegal … Continue reading

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Amours Sorcières by Tahar Ben Jelloun

Les Amours Sorcières by Tahar Ben Jelloun is a collection of 20 short stories on the theme of love, passion, betrayal and friendship. What I found interesting about these tales was the embedded richness of Morrocan traditions and rituals. He … Continue reading

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Longing for the land of my forefathers…

The longing for the land of my forefathers is a recurrent theme in the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish. As a Palestinian who had to leave his home and flee to Lebanon after the Israeli forces assaulted his hometown al-Birwa in … Continue reading

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The Dialogue of the Late Afternoon by Naguib Mahfouz

In my first post, I thought I would share a simple yet thought-provoking short story by Naguib Mahfouz. He is our neighbor-and what a fine neighborhood, what a splendid neighbor! In the late afternoon he sits cross-legged on a couch … Continue reading

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