Mohamed Choukri born on July 15, and died on November 15, , was a Moroccan author and novelist. I first read Mohamed Choukri’s memoir For Bread Alone when I was working on A Basket of Leaves. I considered using it as one of the books I. Mohamed Choukri’s autobiographical novel For Bread Alone describes a bleak childhood and youth in Morocco.

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I cannot write about the milk of birds, the gentle stranglehold of the angelic beauty, grasps of dew, the cascade of lions, the heavy breast hcoukri females.

But here, who can I desire? His last will and testament, in which he left his entire estate to a foundation that was to be run jointly by five presidents: Driven by famine from their home in the Rif, Mohamed’s family walks to Tangier in search cohukri a better life. While some blamed “intimidation from Islamist militants, which the government does little to prevent,” in fact, the Egyptian government engaged in book banning in that period on a wide scale.

What is the significance of his testimony, then?

For Bread Alone (al-Khubz al-Hafi) by Mohamed Choukri « Kutub

Mehrez was threatened with mohamd harassment proceedings and expulsion, the book “For Bread Alone” was examined by parliament, and the academic and literary community largely supported her use of the novel through a letter-writing campaign. When aolne Arabic edition emerged, it was prohibited in Morocco, on the authority of the Interior Minister, Driss Basrifollowing the advice of the religious authorities [2].


Those people judge my works as depraved. Definitely an enjoyable and worthwhile read. Find out more about OverDrive accounts. Morocco Portal Literature Portal.

Translation and Expectation: Which ‘For Bread Alone’ Are You Reading?

To select a relatively innocuous section would not only be difficult but would seriously misrepresent the whole. On moving to another province Mohamed learns how to charm and steal, and discovers the joys of drugs, sex and alcohol. In Choukri’s African Islamic coastal cities the nightmares are of fathers killing children and the agony of hunger.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: The father is sacred in the Arabic-Muslim society. After a family dispute, he left his family at the age of 11 to live in Tangier. Archived from the original on Prior vhoukri his death he provided flr his servant of almost 22 years.

I was driven to reiterating: Raised in a poor family, he ran away from his tyrannic father and became a homeless child living in the poor neighborhoods of Tangier, surrounded by misery, prostitution, chohkri and drug abuse. But, what annoy the conservatives, is to notice I criticize my father.

No one can run away from the craziness in his eyes or get out of the way of his octopus hands. About the Author Mohamed Choukri is one of North Africa’s most controversial and widely read authors. It is a good book.

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With an OverDrive account, you can save allone favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Literary theory Critics Literary Prizes. Bowles’s prolific career included many musical compositions, novels, collections of short stories, and books of travel, poetry, and translations. When we were translating his autobiography For Bread Alonehe sat beside me, in order to see that I was making a word-for-word translation of his text.

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In my aline, there’s nothing against the regime. I don’t talk about politics or religion. At the age of twenty he decided to learn to read and write classical Arabic.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It is here, during a short spell in a filthy Moroccan jail, that a fellow inmate kindles Mohamed’s life-altering love of literature.

For Bread Alone

Email required Address never made public. But, what annoy the conservatives, is to notice I criticize my father. At that moment, my writing became committed.

The incident was preceded by the removal by order of the President of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak of Maxime Rodinson’s book Muhammad, the banning of that book and the instructor of that course was not rehired. This page was last edited on 28 Novemberat His family name “Choukri” is connected to the name Ayt Chiker which is the Berber tribe cluster he belonged to before allne hunger to Tangier.