By Hassouna Mosbahi, Max Weiss
After ne'er-do-wells unfold rumors a few widowed mother's susceptible 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 issues into his personal arms and commits an unspeakable crime. An ingenious and traumatic novel informed 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 stories, and his murdered mom, who lightly supplies an account of her interrupted lifestyles from past the grave, A Tunisian story introduces the narrative abilities 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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Instead she follows the young man out into the forest and they live together in the wild for several weeks. One day the police nab her but the young man manages to kill them all. Then he goes on the lam with his girlfriend, running from place to place, from town to town, as the police, armed to the teeth, pursue them day and night. He killed anyone who got in his way, anyone who doubted him, whether it was a small child or an old man, even someone who was disabled or sick. He’d do it without pity and without mercy.
After I stared at him, he turned red with anger and shouted at me, “Listen, Alaa al-Din, movies aren’t real life and life isn’t a movie. You’ve got to keep your feet on the ground or you’re never going to succeed. ” Of course his words didn’t bring me any comfort.
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A Tunisian Tale by Hassouna Mosbahi, Max Weiss