New PDF release: A Tunisian Tale
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 lifestyles, her twenty-year-old son takes issues into his personal fingers and commits an unspeakable crime. An inventive and tense novel instructed from the alternating viewpoints of this unrepentant sociopath, as he sits and fumes on loss of life row yet willingly courses us via his juvenile exploits and twisted thoughts, and his murdered mom, who lightly provides an account of her interrupted lifestyles 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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Outsmarting the heightened security and the barbed wire fence, Luke manages to escape from that terrible isolated prison. But after a violent pursuit with ferocious dogs they recapture him and throw him into a cell where he has to remain standing or nearly so for three weeks. Months later Luke tries to break out again but fails this time and is mercilessly beaten by the guards in plain sight of the other prisoners before being returned to the same cell. When he’s finally released from there, they put painful chains on him, bind his legs, and force him to work all day in the same shameful position.
To the south were Mount Maghilla and the Sbeitla plains, where gunshots could be heard over ululations, where dark-skinned men marched to their deaths in the bare mountains or on the edges of the desert, silent, composed, intent on revenge because blood can only be avenged by more blood. In the winter I used to crawl underneath warm blankets with boys and my body would cling to theirs as we listened to the wondrous tales our elders told around the fire, tales that quickly whisked us off to sleep, accompanied by the heroes from those stories about men, jinns and demons, ghouls and birds, and one-of-a-kind creatures that could speak every language, cunning and deceptive, always setting traps and often prevailing over humans.
I know both of them very well because I shared the cells with them for many months. The first one is named Ali, but his nickname is “Kaboura”—Knobby, probably because he’s so stout and short. Despite his small size, though, he is respected for his exceptional ability to deceive and betray, in combat as well as in his daily interactions with other people. He is as sly as a fox and can never be trusted. Those who know him will say that he can defeat an opponent even when the latter is physically stronger.
A Tunisian Tale by Hassouna Mosbahi, Max Weiss