The latest novel from "Morocco's greatest living author" (The Guardian)
Award-winning, internationally bestselling author Tahar Ben Jelloun's new novel is the story of an immigrant named Mohammed who has spent forty years in France and is about to retire. Taking stock of his life- his devotion to Islam and to his assimilated children-he decides to return to Morocco, where he spends his life's savings building the biggest house in the village and waits for his children and grandchildren to come be with him. A heartbreaking novel about parents and children, A Palace in the Old Village captures the sometimes stark contrasts between old- and new-world values, and an immigrant's abiding pursuit of home.
About The Author
Tahar Ben Jelloun won the 2004 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Born in Morocco, he now lives in Paris, France.
Linda Coverdale is an award-winning translator of more than fifty books, including Tahar Ben Jelloun's Leaving Tangier and This Blinding Absence of Light. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
"With this novel, Ben Jelloun, a native of Morocco, gives us an unvarnished look at a Muslim's life in the West, and reminds us that literature can help us understand one another." --Minneapolis Star Tribune
"In any language, Tahar Ben Jelloun would be a remarkable novelist." --Sunday Telegraph (London) "What Ben Jelloun does brilliantly is write with a kind of refreshing candor that demystifies the Arab world." --Paris Voice
For Ages: 18+ years old
For Grades: 12
Number Of Pages: 183
Published: 25th January 2011
Publisher: Penguin Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 18.1 x 12.8
Weight (kg): 0.13