Salah el Moncef The Offering

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A Tunisian diasporic poet explores the nature of loss as his life tragically falls apart in Salah el Moncef’s critically acclaimed novel The Offering.

After countless professional disappointments, Tariq Abbassi flees Tunisia, with his wife, Regina, for a new life in France, where he plans to make it big as an experimental poet. But life in Bordeaux is not as conducive to artistic inspiration as Tariq had hoped, and soon he is struggling just to keep his family together. His uncompromising ambition and untethered anger, however, ultimately lead to an emotional rupture, and Tariq soon finds himself completely alone when Regina takes the children and leaves.

Told in flashbacks, by a distraught, hospitalized Tariq, readers learn that this abandonment is only the first in a string of unspeakable tragedies that befall him. And, soon enough, Tariq realizes the reason behind his current condition: both of his beloved sons died after a horrific act of negligence.

Reeling from his devastating loss while attempting to cope with a traumatic brain injury, Tariq finds his already tenuous grasp on reality slipping away...

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The intellect is practical by definition and likes to appear in control: classifying and categorizing; distinguishing between truth and falsehood, reality and illusion; putting clear ideas and demonstrations first. However, the rational mind is ill at ease when confronted with ambiguity, ambivalence, and all the shades of grey that disrupt its truths. And yet isn’t illusion the heart of existence itself? That is precisely what we discover with rapture in /The Offering/: the subtle distinctions of life, of every human experience expressed beyond the restrictive boundaries of logic. Like Job, Tariq Abbassi has lost everything; and yet for all his desolation, he tries to find an escape within himself—in the words that bring meaning and structure to his life. The quest for beauty becomes Tariq’s only guide in his distress and we find ourselves drawn into his mind, fascinated, mesmerized. When describing the style of Salah el Moncef, one adjective comes to mind: dazzling. His poetic prose makes us experience the world in all its sensual beauty.... —Isabelle Kreidi

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"Here we have a young novelist amazing the world with a mystery novel he should not have reasonably achieved. But genius does not heed reason. The Offering drops us into the lower depths of destitution and a Camus-like loss of self before the world. At the same time, there is the possibility of salvation dangled before us like a redeeming but elusive oasis of escape. That promised haven is beauty--esthetic elegance of the highest order. Read this ravishing book and learn how to survive in the face of trying pain and loss. The breadth and depth and poetic power of The Offering will enchant you."-- Willis Barnstone

"An exciting conception of the novel. Rare, these days, to pull off suck a trick."--Rebecca Gowers

"True to Gustave Flaubert's words on the importance of being 'violent and original in art,' this book is a mesmerizing tale of tales, inscribed from one pen to another, growing with the intentions of its voices into a singular piercing work of art. A tough, uncompromisingly ambiguous novel. And the sheer beauty of it--loads and loads of breathtaking beauty. This is a magnificent opus by an author whose glorious time has come!"--Khaled Mattawa

"Salah el Moncef's postmodern-cum-magical realist fiction reads like Kafka by way of Baudrillard."-- Philip Metres

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