The Desert: Or, the Life and Adventures of Jubair Wali al-Mammi (Middle East Literature In Translation)

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Hailed as a masterpiece when it was first published in France in 1977, The
Desert tells the story of al-Mammi, a young exiled prince of a now-destroyed
Jewish kingdom in southern Morocco in the late fourteenth century. Fighting
battles in the service of kings and narrowly escaping imprisonment, the prince
travels the Islamic world absorbing lessons, often painfully, on how to govern
himself, as well as a country. At that same time, al-Mammi engages upon a
spiritual journey to obtain inner wisdom rather than material riches. Memmi
chronicles the prince’s fortunes as they rise and fall, drawing upon the traditions
of Maghrebian storytelling and Arabian tales to offer a highly imaginative and
allegorical novel that provocatively blends history with fiction.

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Historical novel by well-known Tunisian writer Albert Memmi, author of The Colonizer and the Colonized.

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Albert Memmi is the author of numerous philosophical/sociological essays and is particularly known for his groundbreaking study of the predicament of the colonized in The Colonizer and the Colonized and for his novels, Pillar of Salt (1953), Strangers (1955), and The Scorpion (1969), all set in Tunisia. The Desert, first published in French in 1977, is his fourth novel. In 2004, the Académie Française awarded him the Grand Prix de la Francophonie for his work as a whole.
Judith Roumani is the translator of Jews in an Arab Land: Libya, 1835–1970 by Renzo De Felice (1985) and author of Albert Memmi (1987), as well as other studies of Memmi, and numerous publications in comparative literature and Sephardic studies.

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