Ms too asks What happens when our master is gone There are lesser masters than Williams s which however seemingly absent is ultimately creative There are masters of violence terror and confusion Ones bent on destruction And ones insatiable that never disappear These are masters that surround nard s narrator Lakdhar teen in exile sometimes practicing Muslim and bookseller And lame dog he like Williams s speaker is less driven by instinct to serve than his peers He s not content to chase rabbits His aimlessness is specific discerning than that Which is to say that a difference between Williams s speaker and Lakdhar s is their positioning in the world which may in fact be where this however coincidental comparison falters It had a good run Though Williams doesn t see a master at the moment I don t think if he did it d be one of creation not destruction Williams s is the master of few not many the kind of master that Lakdhar is looking for but for reasons outside of his control cannot findTo conclude as precariously as I began I ll say that Street of Thieves is a fated novel one whose protagonist his entire world is subjected to the muses not of creation but of destruction He doesn t choose them He has no choice Lakdhar s doggish life in his own words I ate from the hand of Fate It was impossible to guess if he had been hurt by my suspicions or if his own fate saddened him like an incurable diseaseThis is a necessary timely novel I admit to a hesitation a shame about confronting the world around me Much like my inability to pursue Derrida on Hospitality I needed to look away There s a part of me that I don t care admire at times uoting the poet Dylan I used to care but things have changedCreeping in to Enard s novel I was initially tempted to toss it aside as the narrative opens on almost Orientalist terms a Moroccan spends his time ogling Western girls and lusts after his cousin Was Portnoy s Complaint a racist tract The protagonist is soon kicked out of his house and returns from homeless to the folds of an Islamic Center This is distant time of the Arab Spring and despite his employer the protagonist simply wants drink beer and read hard boiled novels That isn t too much is it Matters both coalesce and drag in the heavy middle of the novel The satire is heady and piercing The unity of the Arab world existed only in EuropeThere is w wonderful scene towards the end where a group immigrants are watching Barcelona FC on tv in a pub and noting the proliferation of girls wearing the colors and drinking beer One of them muses that it is this element female beer drinking which makes Barca and Spain the kings of football If only such occurred across North Africa the balance of soccer supremacy might tilt One often needs to dream Highly Recommended DISCLAIMER I am the publisher of the book and thus spent approximately two ears reading and editing and working on it So take my review with a grain of salt or the understanding that I am deeply invested in this text and know it uite well Also I would really appreciate it if ou would purchase this book since it would benefit Open Letter directlyThis isn t Zone 20 It s a much different book linear and with infinity percent periods But it s still incredibly amazing captivating from the first chapter to the logical disturbing end I think this is going to take off when it comes out this fall since it offers such interesting insights into the Arab Spring and growing up in today s tumultuous climate This is a great book club book as well With All The Uestions It all the uestions it and is incredibly well written and translated Reviewed for 3 AM Recommended for anyone interested in but maybe daunted by Zone Straightforward supercontemporary includes events from April 2012 forward flowing prose animating a narrator superficially unlike the author champions complexities of humanity over reductions of race region religion Not my thing and I felt that all the because I was coming to this from the fascinating Compass and knew that Enard s other Englished novel is a five hundred page sentence All of that suggests a fascination with form and ideas This book is this book is Dickens written by a Frenchman The book gives us a perfectly linear narrative with a few vaguely connected events and much of it frankly is silly how much can Basic Training you read about one man s ogling beforeou cease to care I can justify this in two ways First Enard was just trying something different but different for him happened to be a solid realistic novel If that s the case well I guess he pulled it off There s plenty of characters and melo dear god did we really need to throw cancer in with the terrorism drama here Second Enard is slyly mocking the self righteousness of many contemporary readers including myself who will be miffed by the idea that a Moroccan man might actually find the freedoms of Europe enticing And I was miffed and then convinced that I was being a dullard and that of course there are many many things about the west that are deeply desirable I m just not convinced that that main one is sexual promiscuity Alternatively I guess this is just straight nihilism Europe is morally decayed North Africa is morally decayed we re all morally decayed That seems about right In a comparative phrase this is Huck Finn intertwined with The Stranger written and set in the early 2010 s in Europe and North Africa and it just may be as good as both books The epigraph is a uote from
The Heart of Darkness which hints at how dark and distant Heart of Darkness which hints at how dark and distant maturation story is from Huck s journey The oung male narrator a Moroccan named Lakhdar is forced by fate to experience the Arab Spring tumult and the poverty and crime of a section of Barcelona called The Stre. E's place in Christophe Claro's bold pronouncement that Énard's earlier work is the novel of the decade if not of the centuryMathias Énard studied Persian and Arabic and spent long periods in the Middle East A professor of Arabic at the University of Barcelona he received several awards for Zone also available from Open Letter including the Prix du Livre Inter and the Prix DécembreCharlotte Mandell has translated works from a number of important French authors including Marcel Proust Gustave Flaubert Jean Genet Guy de Maupassant and Maurice Blanchot among othe.
Loose Ends Rejected By Rejected by family when he is caught in bed with his Meryem who later dies during a Around 3 am last night I picked up Paterson a book length poem by William Carlos Williams that I have not read and got into bed finally pulling into the sheets I opened to the author s preface to the first section which describes the task of beginning the precariousness inherent apparent here and dogs Still disinterested in sleep I focused my energies however diminishing onto Williams s mongrels To make a start out of particulars and make them general rolling up the sum by defective means Sniffing the trees just another dog among a lot of dogs What else is there And to do The rest have run out after the rabbits Only the lame stands on three legs Scratch front and back Deceive and eat Dig a musty boneThis is no Homeric invocation of the Muse it s the excavation of some insipid remains by a hobbling mutt Your muse is dead I remembered then that Mathis nard s new novel Street of Thieves also begins with dogsMen are dogs they rub against each other in misery they roll around in filth and can t get out of it lick their fur and their genitals all day long lying in the dust ready to do anything for the scrap of meat or the rotten bone they want someone to throw at them and I m just like them I m a human being hence the depraved piece of garbage that s a slave to its instincts a dog a dog that bites when it s afraid and begs for caresses I can see my childhood clearly my puppy dog s life in Tangier my oung mutt s strayings my groans of a beaten mongrel I understand my frenzy around women which I took for love and above all I understand the absence of a master which makes us all roam around looking for him in the dark sniffing each other lost aimlessWhile nard s opening s primary focus is the nature of man the passage does serve as a subtle microcosm of the larger interesting themes he will eventually explore and poses the pertinent uestion that Willia. S from a boy into a man from a devout Muslim into a sinner take place against the backdrop of some of the most important events of the past few Forests Hope (Timber Valley Wolf Pack years the violence and exciting eruption of the Arab Spring and the devastating collapse of Europe's economyIf all that isn't enough Lakhdar reunites with a childhood friend one who is planning an assassination a murder Lakhdar opposesA finalist for the prestigious Prix Goncourt Street of Thieves solidifies Énard's place as one of France's most ambitious and keyed in novelists of this century This novel may even take Zon. I have made use of the world Life consumes everything books accompany usin revolt or resignation in faith or abondonmentThis is the first book of Enard that I read and I enjoyed it very much Enard is a professor of Arabic at the University of Barcelona He lived in Middle East and knows colonial North Africa His writing has a dreamy naive tone and at times reminded me of Romain Gary Emile AjarThe book takes us to many places but mostly to Morocco and Spain The protagonist is a romantic book lover however a very unlucky one Through the story we relive the events of Arab Spring fundamentalist abuse of religion the deadly combination of ignorance and poverty Its a tragedy love story a suspense a traveler s blog all in one Not as weird as I expected from the twisty angular cover design the structure is straightforwardly linear nor from the author s reputation preceding him for the sort of single sentence Zone but Street of Thieves was interesting in its own right as a story At first it seemed like it might be an explanatory socio political case study moulded into a novel much like Horses of God which similarly featured directionlessoung working class Moroccan guys seduced to varying degrees by well funded radical Islamic organisations Except this book also takes in dead end jobs illegal immigrant experiences the economic difficulties of Spain and the Occupy movement Though it was at least obvious from the start that by making the narrator Lakhdar essentially convincing nard avoided the massive flaw of Horses of God in which extremists ghosts suddenly acuired post mortem an understanding of their situations very similar to those of the liberal Western readers the book was written for This narrator s bildungsroman by contrast makes sense That s to say I find the narrator convincing for informed opinions ou d be better reading posts by twentysomething guys from Arab backgrounds or at least their mates this novel like Horses is also written by an academic a couple of decades older than his main characters It was about a third of the way through that I really started to like Street of Thieves as a story as than an extended example from a textbook or long read news feature noting at the end Lakhdar is a composite of several interviewees although even before that wrenching descriptions of certain feelings and situations as well as plot points that felt fiction than fact occasionally made it clear it was at heart a novel Most of these descriptions are rather long and detailed but I thought nard especially vividly good on what it s like taking leave of someone ou like but don t know well after a night out And something I m not sure I d really seen described before but which in my own way I ve got to know in recent Hester Roon years how comfortable and necessary it can be to knowingly hide one s head in the sand live with blinkers on and that there are some situations in which it may be the best way to feel a decent uality of life those weeks seem to me like a somber happiness the edge of a razor andou don t know whose throat it s going to cut just as the tightrope walker must defy the possibility of falling in orderto concentrate on his footsteps he looks in front of himconcentrate on his footsteps he looks in front of him maneuvers the pole that saves him from the abyss advances his footsteps he looks in front of him maneuvers the pole that saves him from the abyss advances the unknown I was walking without thinking about the fate that had pushed me towards Barcelona like an animal I could sense the storm to come around me inside me while at the same time putting it out of my mind so I d be able to cross the voidRecalling instances of the old colleague or acuaintance who returned my mind so I d be able to cross the voidRecalling instances of the old colleague or acuaintance who returned holiday in Turkey and complained about the sleazy waiters and other local men who tried to chat up her and her sister for some reason it was a popular destination for these women to go to with their sisters it was intriguing to hear the other side of the story about this type of oung man who is routinely necessarily batted away Reading of course means not being put on the spot by such guys perhaps wanting simultaneously to understand and assert oneself whilst knowing that sounding sympathetic could easily give the wrong signal Here were Lakhdar and his mate wandering the streets of Tangier hoping to get the courage together to chat up European tourists near their own age as their compatriots were forbidden to them and es unfortunately their attitudes aren t likely to get on the right side of most of the objects of their desire And he s one of those hapless men from thousands of miles away who send social media and dating messages so desperate and vague that our perspective is why do they even think this would work I looked at a few Internet sites sent some Facebook messages to girls I didn t know all French like throwing bottles into the sea I am a For Fear of Little Men young Moroccan from Tangier I m looking for friendship to share my passion books So typical simply to mention nebulous books rather than to start a conversation about a specific one asking and stating some opinions which if one is lucky might at least provoke a reply in some idle moment of boredom I ll showou ladies how cultivated I am I thought hence the note about the books slightly exaggerated perhaps but sober and precise I should add that I chose girls who definitely were pretty but who wore glasses and who came from cities I knew nothing about but imagined were cold boring and thus propitious for reading It goes without saying that I never received a replyLakhdar actually has plenty of worth to say about books to the reader of Street of Thieves Novels about big readers can be a bit of a self referential Twig the Fairy and the Goblin Masquerade (Twig the Fairy yawnfest but this is a notr usual selection of texts and b an autodidact with a tough life who sometimes is too overworked to read sometimes Recipient of three French literary awards Mathias Énard's follow up to the critically acclaimed Zone is a timely novel about a oung Moroccan boy caught up in the turbulent events of the Middle East and a possible murderExiled from his family for religious transgressions related to his feelings for his cousin Lakhdar finds himself on the streets of Barcelona hiding from both the police and the Muslim Group for the Propagation of Koranic Thoughts a group he worked for in Tangiers not long after being thrown out on the streets by his fatherLakhdar's transformation.
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