Ben Jelloun: ‘Partir’

Tahar Ben Jelloun’s new novel, Partir, is about young Moroccan men who want to leave everything behind to immigrate. Sound familiar? I think there’s really a Zeitgeist in Moroccan art at the moment around the issue of immigration. Photographer Yto Barrada, filmmaker Yasmine Kassari, and rai musicians have all dealt with the issue in recent work.

Yahoo! news has a brief article (in French) about Partir. No word on an English translation yet. Ben Jelloun’s latest novel to appear here in the U.S. is The Last Friend, which comes out in February.

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