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Leaving Tangier: A Novel

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A fascinating fictional portrait of the limits of human dignity, Leaving Tangier by Tahar Ben Jelloun masterfully explores the causes and effects of illegal immigration, and specifically from Morocco to Spain.

What happens when you (illegally) immigrate to another country? Or when you reach your often wished-for promised land? As Tahar Ben Jelloun in Leaving Tangier makes plain, nothing is ever as it seems or as you thought it would be. Not dreams, not expectations, nor even stereotypes.

Leaving Tangier follows the Moroccan siblings Azel and Kenza and the Spaniard Miguel as Azel and Kenza immigrate to Spain under Miguel’s protection. In the novel sex is a currency used to get to the other side of the Strait, Morocco is something you can never actually escape, and Spain is a poor excuse for a promised land. Azel embarks on a guilt-laden quest for self-destruction, Kenza a journey of self-discovery and disappointments, and Miguel a failed attempt to make everything around him right.

Yet the story is captivating. It is something you might want to avert your eyes from, but you can’t. The scenes are alternately thought-provoking, heartbreaking, and lyrical, and they present the issue at hand in all its complexity, but before you know it, you’re hooked.

Leaving Tangier by Tahar Ben Jelloun. New York: Penguin, 2009. 288 pages. (English translation from the original French)
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