Salvation Army

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About the Author

Abdellah Taïa (born in 1973) is the author of six novels, including Salvation Army and An Arab Melancholia, both published by Semiotext(e), and Infidels. His novel Le jour du roi, about the death of Morocco's King Hassan II, won the 2010 Prix de Flore. He also directed and wrote the screenplay for the 2013 film adaptation of Salvation Army.


Here in the United States, it's easy to become jaded about the coming out narrative. It can feel like a story we've read one time too many, one that has somehow become commodified, fraught with predictability. But every once in a while a novel comes along that shatters our jaded state and renews our faith in the queer coming of age genre. Abdellah Taïa's Salvation Army is one such book.

--Lambda Report

In a simple and straightforward language, the author leads the reader through a journey of uncertainty and self-discovery, beyond the nuanced resonance of words and emotions. Writing, which he discovers at an early age, involves for him a courageous and unprecedented act of exposing his country's taboos and prohibitions.

--Tingus Magazine

Just when you thought you'd read every coming out story imaginable, a book as fresh and original as this one enlivens the genre.

--Frontiers in LA

The novel is richly layered yet impressively lean, and as easily enjoyed by the pool as at a university library.

--Glen Helfand, Bay Area Reporter

This straightforward story about self-discovery is a reminder that coming-of-age tales still need to be told.

--Richard Labonte