A Country for Dying

Product Number: EB00764888
Released: May 19, 2020
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781609809911
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
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Description

An exquisite novel of North Africans in Paris by "one of the most original and necessary voices in world literature"* Paris, summer of 2010. Zahira is a Moroccan prostitute late in her career whose generosity is her way of defying her humiliation and misery. Her friend Aziz, a male prostitute, admires her and emulates her. Aziz is transitioning from his past as a man into the womanhood of his future, and asks Zahira to help him choose a name for himself as a woman. Motjaba is an Iranian revolutionary, a refugee in Paris, a gay man fleeing his country at the end of his rope, who finds refuge for a few days with Zahira. And then there is Allal, Zahira's first love, who comes to Paris years later to save their love. The world of A Country for Dying is a world of dreamers, of lovers, for whom the price of dreaming is one they must pay with their flesh. Writes TaIa, "So many people find themselves in the same situation. It is our destiny: To pay with our bodies for other people's future."

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Author(s): Abdellah Taia
Original Publish Date: May 19, 2020

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