Mohamed Choukri born on July 15, and died on November 15, , was a Moroccan author and novelist. I first read Mohamed Choukri’s memoir For Bread Alone when I was working on A Basket of Leaves. I considered using it as one of the books I. Mohamed Choukri’s autobiographical novel For Bread Alone describes a bleak childhood and youth in Morocco.

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I saw that writing could also be a way to expose, to protest against those who have stolen my childhood, my teenage hood and a piece of my youthfulness.

For Bread Alone

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Fiction Buy this book from Al Saqi Bookshop. Novel and Nation in the Muslim World: August 24, August 24, mlynxqualey. Using only undemonstrative prose, and asking for no special sympathy, Choukri conveys the experience of struggling to survive in a harsh world of dusty streets and unforgiving sunlight.

You are commenting mohamfd your Twitter account. Bowles’s prolific career included many musical compositions, novels, collections of short stories, and books of travel, poetry, and translations.

Eight of Mohamed’s siblings die of malnutrition and neglect, and one is killed by his father in a fit of rage. The author had to reduce it first to Moroccan Chuokri for me. For Bread Alone became an international success when published in English, but the book also caused a furor in the Arab world.

The result is compelling rather than depressing, a strikingly memorable account of life in the Moroccan underclass. Cousins who might not much like each other if they met at a party. Indeed, it should be retranslated.


For Bread Alone (Mohamed Choukri) – book review

Notify me of new comments via email. Mohamed Choukri died of cancer on November 15,at the military hospital of Rabat. Choukri’s text has become a staple on the syllabi of modern Arabic, comparative literature, and post-colonial studies programs.

As I leafed through it, the language looked clean and solid, but it took only a few paragraphs to see that this is a book with a high potential for giving offense. For Bread Alone Embed. Although exact, the translation is far from literal.

Trace the motif of imprisonment in the text. May 23, at 2: For Bread Alone is a superficially sordid story, but it is told in a matter-of-fact way, using sparse, simple language and dialogue, and the thoughts and experiences of the down-and-out Mohamed seem entirely natural. At the age of 20, he met someone who changed his life.

August External links: See also In TangierTelegram Books,for all three in one volume. One of the most widely read modernist novels in the Arab world. Prior to his death he provided for his servant of almost 22 years. It is a good book. Help WWB bring you the best new writing from around the world.

Mohamed Choukri died on November 15, from cancer at the military hospital of Rabat and was buried at the Marshan cemetery in Tangier on November 17, with the audience of the Minister of Culture, numerous government officials, personalities and the spokesman of the King of Morocco. This narrative is grounded in direct experience and the immediate concerns of everyday existence.

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By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Blood pours out of the mouth. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here If he noticed an extra comma he demanded an explanation. After a family dispute, he left his family at the age of 11 to live in Tangier. The result is compelling rather than depressing, a strikingly memorable account of life in the Moroccan underclass. Quotations from the author: But the Choukri-Bowles collaboration is an extreme case for several reasons.


Hopefully someone intrepid can secure translation rights and get that rolling. Telegram Books Publication Date: At the age of 20, he decided to bfead how to read and write and to become a schoolteacher.

Reviews ‘A true document of human desperation, shattering in its impact. Born alkne New York inPaul Bowles is considered one of the most remarkable American authors of the twentieth century.

Translation and Expectation: Which ‘For Bread Alone’ Are You Reading?

It is here, during a short spell in a filthy Moroccan jail, that a fellow inmate kindles Mohamed’s life-altering love of literature. For Bread Alone ends with Mohamed’s decision to learn how to read and write, inspired mohaked a chance meeting in prison — and he went on to become a writer and a lecturer in Arabic literature.

I considered using it as one of the books I discussed for Morocco, but before I had read very far I stopped considering it. For Bread Alone is a manuscript, written in classical Arabic, a language I do not know. Literary theory Critics Literary Prizes.