By Hassouna Mosbahi, Max Weiss
After ne'er-do-wells unfold rumors a few widowed mother's susceptible ethical personality one of the humans of a slum at the outskirts of Tunis that festers with migrants who've come to the city from the heartland looking for a greater existence, her twenty-year-old son takes concerns into his personal arms and commits an unspeakable crime. An innovative and anxious novel informed from the alternating viewpoints of this unrepentant sociopath, as he sits and fumes on dying row yet willingly publications us via his juvenile exploits and twisted thoughts, and his murdered mom, who flippantly supplies an account of her interrupted existence from past the grave, A Tunisian story introduces the narrative abilities of Hassouna Mosbahi to an English-language viewers for the 1st time, as he confronts either taboos of Tunisian society and the bounds of traditional storytelling.
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Saeed, who had never drunk more than a few beers once in a while, and even then always at the urging of his friends, found his way that night to the last drop in the whiskey bottle, before going home to kill his wife and daughter while they snored soundly in a deep sleep. Afterward he wandered aimlessly through the countryside and the national guardsmen didn’t find him until three days later. He was walking barefoot across thorny ground, his clothes torn, dusty-faced, and he was raving feverishly as spittle dribbled down his dusty beard and gray started to appear in his hair that had previously been jet-black.
In the end, you don’t reap anything but the others’ laughter. So, as I already mentioned, it wasn’t Saeed’s crime that piqued the curiosity of Kaboura and the other prisoners, but his wife. That’s right, his beautiful wife. She was the fulcrum of their interests. indd 44 4/10/11 9:25 AM blackish gray walls in every cell block, and on the cold concrete, behind high walls and iron bars, in the dim, foul-smelling cells, there is nothing but dreams of freeing oneself, and of hanging on to the relationship with the warmth of life on the outside, and with the absent, distant, female body.
What else could I do? I was past the age of maturity and on the verge of getting married. In our tiny dirt-poor village a young girl in a situation such as mine had no other choice but to consent to the way things are. If she tried to escape, to rebel against those stern rules, narrow-minded people would turn her into an ugly tale that they would talk about in private and in public. indd 47 4/10/11 9:25 AM By that point it would be likely for one of her male relatives to lose his head and shoot her or stab her, washing away the shame, defending the impugned honor, as people used to say in such circumstances.
A Tunisian Tale by Hassouna Mosbahi, Max Weiss