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This Blinding Absence of Light

(2002)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel
In this extraordinary non-fiction novel, based on a true story, Tahar Ben Jelloun traces the experiences of Salim who, in 1971, took part in a failed coup attempt to oust King Hassan II of Morocco. With sixty others Salim was incarcerated in a secret prison complex in the Moroccan desert: he was to remain there for nearly twenty years. In starkly eloquent, beautiful prose, Ben Jelloun relates the prisoners' experiences as they struggle to survive. The son of a witty, feckless courtier who disowns him, Salim tells stories to keep sane from the suras of his beloved Koran to the plot of A Streetcar Named Desire. Even in the darkest, most terrible conditions, sympathy, insight, the human quest for meaning and understanding, never desert Salim. The resulting novel is a wrenching yet exquisite celebration of the human spirit and its determination to survive. A masterpiece' Judges of the IMPAC award 'a sad and splendid book' New York Times Book Review

Genre: Literary Fiction

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March 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: This Blinding Absence of Light: A Novel
Author(s): Tahar Ben Jelloun
ISBN: 1-56584-723-7 / 978-1-56584-723-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: The New Press
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September 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: This Blinding Absence of Light
Author(s): Tahar Ben Jelloun
ISBN: 0-14-102282-5 / 978-0-14-102282-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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January 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: This Blinding Absence of Light
Author(s): Tahar Ben Jelloun
ISBN: 0-14-303572-X / 978-0-14-303572-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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