By Paul Bowles, Driss Ben Hamed Charhadi
Some of the most strange literary concepts ever produced, A existence filled with Holes is the results of a unique collaboration among impressive contributors: Driss ben Hamed Charhadi, an illiterate North African servant and road seller, and mythical American novelist and essayist Paul Bowles. The strong tale of a shepherd and petty trafficker suffering to take care of wish as he wrestles with the bleak realities of way of life, it's the first novel ever written within the Arabic dialect Moghrebi, faithfully recorded and translated into English via Bowles. uncomplicated 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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Tonight they’ve given us a lot, because this is your first night here. It won’t always be this good. Where do you sleep? I asked him. Not here on the ground? That little rag you have there can’t even cover you. It’s no good at all. Don’t you have anything to spread out? It’s warm in here, he said. There’s straw and corn cobs everywhere. Yes? I rubbed my eyes with my fingers. Well, eat, he said. No. You take it if you want. Eat it. I ate at home before I came. Probably my mother’s husband knew the food was going to be like this, and that’s why he fed me before we came.
He can gather fodder until the animals 38 Driss ben Hamed Charhadi get back. And he can run errands and work around the house. Then when the animals come back he can take them out. That afternoon my mother’s husband came home and said: Ahmed. What? I’ve found you a fine place to live, with very good people. They have a lot of land and cows and sheep. As you say. Eat your supper now, because I’m going to take you there. Where? To Beni Makada. It was a long way to Beni Makada in those days, because there were no houses anywhere.
The women had no blankets or mattresses. There was just a piece of matting on the floor. They gave us no food. If a prisoner had a family, the family was allowed to bring food on Thursdays, but it had to last all week. Each morning the three women went out of the shack and each evening they came back. My mother and I stayed behind because the government had not yet condemned us. We sat in that place A Life Full of Holes 21 three days, and no one spoke to us. We did not know anyone there. And no one knew us.
A Life Full of Holes: A Novel Recorded and Translated by Paul Bowles (P.S.) by Paul Bowles, Driss Ben Hamed Charhadi