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

The most strange literary options ever produced, A lifestyles choked with Holes is the results of a unique collaboration among notable contributors: Driss ben Hamed Charhadi, an illiterate North African servant and highway seller, and mythical American novelist and essayist Paul Bowles. The robust tale of a shepherd and petty trafficker suffering to keep up 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 via Bowles. effortless but wealthy in advanced feelings, it's a interesting inside of examine an surprising culture—harsh and startling, but interwoven with a poignant, poetic good looks.

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Did you fall asleep? 32 Driss ben Hamed Charhadi I said: Yes. I slept a little. Why? I’ve told you never to sleep. Who told you to sleep? I didn’t know I was going to sleep until I woke up. Come on, he said. Get your stick and we’ll go and look for him. So we went out to El Adir to look. It was very dark on the road. Walking, walking, in the night, and when the muezzin was calling the aacha, we were still up there in El Adir, looking. My mother’s husband went to the cornfield, and I was standing near a high stack of straw.

Where is the plowman? I asked them. You see that hut down there on the plain? they said. There’s a man working near it there. That’s our plowman. There. How do I get down there? I don’t even know the way out of the village. Go with him, Seudiya, they said, and show him the way. The girl went with me through the village, until we came to the last shop on the road. From here you can see the whole path, she said. Go down there until you come to the hut. That’s the man, beside the hut? Yes. I walked all the way down until I came to where he was.

We kept going. It was seven o’clock in the morning, and the sun was shining. We came to some farmers who were getting ready to cut a field of wheat. 26 Driss ben Hamed Charhadi My mother told me: Sit here, and I’m going to work with these people until evening. Then we’ll go on. We were still near the river. If we went along the trail the soldiers would see us. If she stayed and worked with the farmers they would think we were with them. My mother went and spoke with the women. The men were cutting the wheat and the women were waiting for them to carry it away so they could walk behind and pick up what the men had dropped.

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