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Century of Locusts

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What first appears as a tiny moving shadow, no bigger than a fly, on the dazzling horizon slowly reveals itself as the grim shape of violence and death; in the destruction left behind—the mother’s broken body, the hidden child, the crying infant—begins the story of wandering and loss, of exile and desolation that sounds all the sad echoes of disappearing Bedouin life. Set ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Bison Books (first published 1992)
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If there is such a thing as “baroque” language, the Tuareg author living in France writes in it. Not unlike Fatima Mernissi, I am in awe of Mokeddem as a person, who grew up in a family of illiterate nomads in the desert of southern of Algeria to become first a medical doctor (mostly helping Magrebi immigrants till death threats forced her to close her clinic) and then a full-time writer. Although Mokeddem also informs her Western audience about her heritage and has a hidden feminist agenda, Cen ...more
I first met Malika Mokeddem through her 2005 (published in English in 2009) memoir My Men, a book that had languished on my “to read” list for many years. I wish I would have gotten around to it sooner. Because that would have given me the chance to read more of her books by now.

I really, really like Mokeddem. We come from completely different places but I feel like I can relate to her – not the “growing up as a girl in a family of recently settled nomads in Algeria” thing, but the “coming to te
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In uiterst barokke taal geschreven roman over de nomade Mahnoud en zijn dochter Yasmine. De roman begint ijzersterk met een harde, wrede scene, maar gaat dan op gekunstelde wijze verder als een ontwikkelingsroman met vleugjes documentaire. Na enkele ijzersterke sprookjesachtige magische passages over de originele figuur El-Majnoun verzandt de roman: verhaallijnen worden geïntroduceerd maar niet afgemaakt, een grote finale blijft uit en de roman eindigt met een zwaar teleurstellend open einde. Do ...more
This book is amazing! I recommend it a lot. It’s the story of a man of the desert who looks for her lost daughter in Africa, against heat, thieves, a burning sun, sand storms and fierce locusts that destroy it all
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Malika Mokeddem spent her childhood in a ksar, a traditional village. She now lives in Montpellier, France, where she divides her time between practicing medicine and writing.
Her works (published in French, and also available translated into English) include The Forbidden Woman and Of Dreams and Assassins.
More about Malika Mokeddem...
The Forbidden Woman المتمرّدة Of Dreams and Assassins رجالي المهاجرون الأبديون

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