By Hassouna Mosbahi, Max Weiss
After ne'er-do-wells unfold rumors a few widowed mother's vulnerable ethical personality one of the humans of a slum at the outskirts of Tunis that festers with migrants who've come to the city from the heartland looking for a greater existence, her twenty-year-old son takes concerns into his personal fingers and commits an unspeakable crime. An inventive and nerve-racking novel instructed from the alternating viewpoints of this unrepentant sociopath, as he sits and fumes on dying row yet willingly publications us via his juvenile exploits and twisted thoughts, and his murdered mom, who lightly supplies an account of her interrupted existence from past the grave, A Tunisian story introduces the narrative skills of Hassouna Mosbahi to an English-language viewers for the 1st time, as he confronts either taboos of Tunisian society and the limits of traditional storytelling.
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Saeed went home. Without exchanging a single word with his wife, he got rid of his daughter who sat on his lap once again, and then took out a bottle of whiskey he had brought as a gift for a friend he had been close with ever since college and escaped into oblivion. Saeed, who had never drunk more than a few beers once in a while, and even then always at the urging of his friends, found his way that night to the last drop in the whiskey bottle, before going home to kill his wife and daughter while they snored soundly in a deep sleep.
My grandfather was among the few who were convinced that they were nothing but swindlers and charlatans who secretly brought with them evil deeds that affront morals and religion, so he would stubbornly drive them away every time they tried to come near our house. To the south were Mount Maghilla and the Sbeitla plains, where gunshots could be heard over ululations, where dark-skinned men marched to their deaths in the bare mountains or on the edges of the desert, silent, composed, intent on revenge because blood can only be avenged by more blood.
He may hold advanced degrees, but he never dared to refuse an order. He was even afraid of the guards whom the prisoners turn into Karagöz shadow puppets, and in front of them he makes submissiveness his job, wagging his tail like a dog that wants to prove its loyalty to its masters. indd 43 4/10/11 9:25 AM Kaboura interpreted Saeed’s submissive behavior by saying that sometimes even those with advanced degrees are cowards. All you have to do is wave your fist at them and they’ll shit their pants.
A Tunisian Tale by Hassouna Mosbahi, Max Weiss