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By Paul Bowles, Driss Ben Hamed Charhadi

Essentially the most strange literary concepts ever produced, A lifestyles packed with Holes is the results of a unique collaboration among awesome contributors: Driss ben Hamed Charhadi, an illiterate North African servant and highway seller, and mythical American novelist and essayist Paul Bowles. The strong tale of a shepherd and petty trafficker suffering to keep up desire as he wrestles with the awful realities of everyday life, it's the first novel ever written within the Arabic dialect Moghrebi, faithfully recorded and translated into English by way of Bowles. effortless but wealthy in complicated feelings, it's a attention-grabbing inside of examine an surprising culture—harsh and startling, but interwoven with a poignant, poetic attractiveness.

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Your mother’s husband is gone now. He led me through the compound to one of the huts behind the house. It was a good hut, built of stones inside, and mud and cow-dung outside, with a roof of fine straw. He opened the door. On one side there was a pile of straw, and on the other there was a high stack of corn cobs. A man was sitting in the empty space between. I went over and kissed his hand. Then I sat down. El Fellah went away. Sit down over there on the corn cobs, said the man. That’s your place, if you want it.

There was nothing I could do for her. We stayed that way, today and tomorrow, today and tomorrow. One day the news got to our family that we were there. My grandfather and his wife and my uncle came to see us at the jail, and then my grandfather went to see the caid and spoke to him. The caid went to the pacha. He said to him: I know the woman Aicha bent Mohammed Chafaai. And he told him the story of how she had left the country many years before and gone to Tanja. A Life Full of Holes 23 When he had spoken with the pacha they let us go, and we went to stay at my grandfather’s house in Menarbiyaa.

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. 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.

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