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About the Author
Emma Ramadan (translator) is the recipient of the PEN Translation Prize, the Albertine Prize, an NEA Fellowship, and a Fulbright Scholarship. Her translations include Barbara Molinard's Panics, Virginie Despentes's Pretty Things, and Abdellah Taïa's A Country for Dying. She lives in Brooklyn.
"After the collective trauma of the colonial occupation of Morocco, a vanguard of artists forged cultural practices that sought to establish a new vision of the country, appealing to its ancient traditions passed down through oral culture. Filmmaker, poet, and writer Ahmed Bouanani was a towering presence in this landscape, pioneering a cinematic and poetic language that influenced a generation to come."
Bouanani's work mocks authoritarianism and fanaticism, despairs of Morocco's democratic failure, and struggles to hold on to the cultural and historical inheritance its government is bent on erasing... A scathing, fearsome, and hallucinatory collection.
A melancholy, hallucinatory, biting meditation.-- (11/22/2018)