The Last Friend

The Last Friend


By (author) Tahar Ben Jelloun, Translated by Kevin Michel Cape, Translated by Hazel Rowley

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  • Publisher: The Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback | 182 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 176mm x 18mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 25 March 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0143038486
  • ISBN 13: 9780143038481
  • Edition statement: Reprint, Translation
  • Sales rank: 533,807

Product description

Renowned for his compeling, humane portraits of everyday Arab lives, Tahar Ben Jelloun has affirmed his place in the literary world by winning such awards as the Prix Goncourt and Prix Maghreb. In "The Last Friend," Ben Jelloun presents a spellbinding coming-of-age story and a dazzling portrait of Morocco in an era of repression and disillusionment. In Tangiers in the late 1950s, two teenagers, Mamed and Ali, strike up an intense friendship that will last a lifetime. But lurking just beneath the surface is a deep, unspoken jealousy in danger of destroying them both.

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Author information

Tahar Ben Jelloun was born in Fez, Morocco, and immigrated to France in 1961. A novelist, essayist, critic, and poet, he is a regular contributor to "Le Monde," "La Republica," "El Pais," and "Panorama."

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a]a seductive, lyrical novel exploring the seeming betrayal of a lifelong friendship ("French Book News")