The Last Friend

The Last Friend

A Novel

Book - 2006
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The Last Friend , the new novel from internationally acclaimed author Tahar Ben Jelloun, winner of the 2004 International Dublin/IMPAC award, is a Rashamon -like tale of friendship and betrayal set in twentieth century Tangier. Written in Ben Jelloun's inimitable and powerfully direct style, the novel explores the twists and turns of an intense thirty-year friendship between two young men struggling to find their identities and sexual fulfillment in Morocco in the late 1950s, a complex and contradictory society both modern and archaic.

From their carefree university days through their brutal imprisonment and ultimate release, the two rely on each other for physical and psychological survival, forging bonds not easily broken. Each narrator tells his version of the story, painting a vivid portrait of life lived within and in opposition to the moral strictures of North Africa.

Set against a backdrop of repression and disillusionment, The Last Friend is a tale of loss of innocence and a nation's coming of age.

Publisher: New York : New Press, c2006
ISBN: 9781595580085
Branch Call Number: FIC
Language Note: Translated from the French
Characteristics: 186 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Capé, Kevin Michel
Rowley, Hazel


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Jan 16, 2012

I preferred A Palce in the Old Village by far. The Last Friend leaves one with a feeling of déja vue ... Nothing very original

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