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A Life Full of Holes: A Novel Recorded and Translated by by Paul Bowles, Driss Ben Hamed Charhadi

By Paul Bowles, Driss Ben Hamed Charhadi

Some of the most strange literary recommendations ever produced, A lifestyles jam-packed with Holes is the results of a unique collaboration among awesome participants: Driss ben Hamed Charhadi, an illiterate North African servant and road seller, and mythical American novelist and essayist Paul Bowles. The robust tale of a shepherd and petty trafficker suffering to take care of desire as he wrestles with the bleak realities of everyday life, it's the first novel ever written within the Arabic dialect Moghrebi, faithfully recorded and translated into English through Bowles. straight forward but wealthy in advanced feelings, it's a attention-grabbing inside of examine an surprising culture—harsh and startling, but interwoven with a poignant, poetic good looks.

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And my mother was always unhappy, always worried. One day when he was in the market he met a man named El Fellah, who lived up in Beni Makada. He said to him: El Fellah, I have a boy at home doing nothing. Can you take him with you as a shepherd? I don’t need any shepherds now. All my cattle and sheep are in the hills. I have no animals at home. I keep them up in the hills for the whole winter. Until spring. Then they bring them down to the farm. But spring will be coming soon, he said. If you want to bring the boy to me, bring him.

I had not eaten any breakfast and I had filled two barrels with water. When do you eat here? I asked Seudiya. When we feel like it, she said. Sometimes at the hour of the dhor, sometimes at the hour of the sehel. Any time. That day they made white bean pudding with turnips in it. When the time came to eat, they gave me my food by myself, and I ate it outside in the compound. Even if they had served me stones then, I was so hungry that I would have tried to eat them. When I had finished eating, they brought the plowman’s food and put it on the ground inside the hut so I could take it to him where he was working.

You can bring it later. So I filled the other barrel. When I had finished, I had no legs to walk with any more. I was like a piece of rag. And I was hungry. I had not eaten any breakfast and I had filled two barrels with water. When do you eat here? I asked Seudiya. When we feel like it, she said. Sometimes at the hour of the dhor, sometimes at the hour of the sehel. Any time. That day they made white bean pudding with turnips in it. When the time came to eat, they gave me my food by myself, and I ate it outside in the compound.

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