In the Country of Others
Leila Slimani (Author)
August 10, 2021
5.8 X 8.55 X 1.21 inches | 0.98 pounds
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About the Author
Leila Slimani is the bestselling author of The Perfect Nanny, one of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year, for which she became the first Moroccan woman to win France's most prestigious literary prize, the Goncourt. Her first novel, Adèle, about a sex-addicted woman in Paris, won the La Mamounia Prize for the best book by a Moroccan author written in French and gave rise to her nonfiction book Sex and Lies: True Stories of Women's Intimate Lives in the Arab World. A journalist and frequent commentator on women's and human rights, Slimani spearheaded a campaign--for which she won the Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women's Freedom--to help Moroccan women speak out, as self-declared outlaws, against their country's unfair and obsolete laws. She is French president Emmanuel Macron's personal representative for the promotion of the French language and culture and was ranked #2 on Vanity Fair France's annual list of The Fifty Most Influential French People in the World. Born in Rabat, Morocco, in 1981, she now lives in Paris with her French husband and their two young children.
"The world of this novel―Morocco after World War II, leading up to the revolt against French colonialism―is beautifully created. Personal life, social life, everyday life spring vividly from the page, and we feel deeply for the family caught in the middle of the conflict of history. An exceptional, powerful novel from this justly celebrated writer." ―Salman Rushdie Acclaim from the French Press "A powerful family saga." ―Le Parisien "Captivating and often very moving." ―Elle (France) "Who better than Slimani to write a great contemporary novel from the perspective of both sides of the Mediterranean, a double heritage, that of the horrors of colonization and that of the pains of decolonization?" ―Vanity Fair (France) "A magnificent novel." ―La Presse "Written with breadth and a great power of evocation." ―Libération "A magnificent portrait of a woman . . . The writing is light, playful, funny. . . . Superb." ―Atlantico "A great family saga." ―L'Obs "A virtuoso story . . . The great decolonization novel we expected . . . Sensual, radiant, violent . . . [It] captivates us, makes us feel, touch, experience what a people, what a family could feel. The author shows a new mastery." ―Les Inrockuptibles "Fascinating . . . Slimani is like a filmmaker who knows how to place her camera to capture emotions close-up and action with wide angles." ―Jeune Afrique "Fluid and fiery . . . Rich in humanity . . . [A] fascinating family saga . . . From the first words, we are swept up in an atmosphere where all the emotions seem palpable. . . . Slimani is a wonderful storyteller." ―Profession Spectacle "Very inspired . . . [A] great fresco that mixes intimate tragedies and historical upheavals . . . Slimani is not done surprising us." ―France Info Acclaim for Leila Slimani "Slimani writes devastatingly perceptive character studies." ―Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review "Like Jenny Offill, Slimani can write ravishingly of female bodies." ―Lauren Collins, The New Yorker "Slimani is an astute observer of power politics in the home." ―John Freeman, The Boston Globe "A gifted stylist, Slimani can pack a sneaky wallop when she wants." ―The Philadelphia Inquirer "Slimani is a fearless writer who pulls back the curtain to show what secretly thrills and terrifies women." ―Evening Standard "[Slimani] writes with a cool detachment and unflinching emotional honesty that takes your breath away." ―Vogue (U.K.) "[Slimani] is now the archetype of a certain international image of a female French author: talented, open-minded, and politically engaged." ―Vanity Fair (France), "The 50 Most Influential French People in the World"