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Par le feu

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  63 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Le 17 décembre 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi s’immolait par le feu. Ce geste radical fut le signal déclencheur de la Révolution de Jasmin en Tunisie. Tahar Ben Jelloun, dans une fiction brève, réaliste et poétique, reconstitue les jours qui ont précédé ce sacrifice. Un superbe hommage aux révolutions arabes et ces millions d’hommes et de femmes anonymes descendus dans les rues ...more
Broché, 50 pages
Published 2011 by Gallimard
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Roberta
Sep 20, 2016 Roberta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biografico
Ho letto Fuoco: Una storia vera, brevissima biografia romanzata delle ultime ore di vita di Mohamed Bouazizi.

Mohamed Bouazizi è stato un attivista tunisino, divenuto simbolo delle sommosse popolari in Tunisia del 2010-2011 dopo essersi dato fuoco in segno di protesta per le condizioni economiche del suo paese. Col suo gesto è cominciata la primavera araba di recente storia.
L'appendice all'edizione italiana è quasi lunga quanto il racconto, cosa che potrebbe irritarmi, e non inerente al racconto
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G. F.
Jul 01, 2011 G. F. rated it liked it
"Par le Feu" is a fiction through which Ben Jelloun honors Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire on December 17, 2010. Bouazizi's brutal death sparked the Tunisian revolution. Ben Jelloun cleverly disconnects the story of Bouazizi from its geographical context to convey that Bouazizi's pain is beyond borders and that millions in Arabic countries can identify with Bouazizi's situation. I also liked the elegant "clein d'oeil" where Bouazizi joins the funeral of Egypt's ...more
Kevin Clouther
Sep 13, 2016 Kevin Clouther rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A remarkable and important story. English-language readers are fortunate to have Nezami's elegant translation and thoughtful introduction.
GONZA
Nov 30, 2016 GONZA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
A fictional story that could as well be the real one of Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia, the man that set himself on fire and obliged the Tunisian President Ben Ali to fled abroad. I would have loved to know about what happened later, but ok, there's wikipedia....

La storia romanzata di Mohamed Bouazizi, cittadino tunisimo che all'ennesima vessazione si da fuoco davanti al comune di Sidi Bouizid iniziando le proteste che porteranno alla "Primavera araba tunisina" ed alla destituzione del presidente B
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Zippergirl
Nov 25, 2016 Zippergirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Brief but deeply insightful look at the spark which ignited the Arab Spring/Jasmine Revolution that began in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia. Thoughtfully translated with copious background material.
Claudia Moreira Calzadilla
Dec 08, 2016 Claudia Moreira Calzadilla rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-school
Very interesting theme. Beautifully written. To bad the story didn't end with a happy ending. Reality is harsh but it is reality... I DO RECOMMEND IT
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Nell’epoca degli Hunger Games della finanza transnazionale, in cui l’erosione dei diritti e delle libertà dei cittadini viene offerta docilmente in pegno da intere economie, è stata e continua ad essere una fonte di sorpresa per molti che le più imponenti manifestazioni popolari degli ultimi anni abbiano avuto luogo in paesi arabi retti da regimi autoritari, piuttosto che nelle democrazie occidentali: Tunisia, Egitto, Libia, Siria.

La verità è che la protesta popolare covava da tempo sotto la cen
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Arielle Silver
Apr 25, 2015 Arielle Silver rated it it was amazing
This short story (in French) imagines the final days of real-life Mohamed Bouazizi, who was a fruit vender in Tunisia. In this fictionalized account, Bouazizi struggles to support his family as he grapples with class inequality, poverty, and religious oppression. His sanity slowly unravels as he encounters hardship upon hardship, leading to the climax of the book in which he sets himself on fire in front of the city hall. This real-life event sparked revolutions across the region, now known as ...more
World Literature Today
"In By Fire, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Moroccan intellectual and one of the most acclaimed novelists writing in French today, attempts to creatively rescue from the ashes Mohamed Bouazizi, the self-immolating fruit vendor credited with igniting the Tunisian revolt. Together, the nonfiction and fiction sections complement one another in telling the humiliating life story of our desperate protagonist, from the inside and out, with plainspoken and urgent prose." - Yahia Lababidi

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Stephen Durrant
Oct 23, 2011 Stephen Durrant rated it really liked it
The Tunisian revolution, as we all know, was touched off in December 2010 by the suicide by fire of Mohammed Bouazizi. In this powerful novelette, the Moroccan writer Ben Jelloun imagines the humiliation and despair that might have led up to such a desperate act. This is a simple and successful attempt to explain how a little man victimized by a corrupt system can finally take action. And who could have known that the monumental events of the "Arab Spring" would follow? The novelette is a ...more
Marie
Mar 25, 2012 Marie rated it really liked it
Shelves: français-europe
Un très court roman qui décrit les derniers mois de la vie de Mohamed Bouazizi qui s'est immolé par le feu en décembre 2010. Un jeune homme comme les autres, qui travaille fort pour faire vivre sa famille suite au décès de son père mais qui rencontre obstacles après obstacles dans une Tunisie corrompue. Sa mort déclenche la révolution de jasmin. Simple, poignant et révélateur.
Manika
Apr 16, 2016 Manika rated it really liked it
4.5
Mohamed Bouazizi s'immole par le feu parce qu'il n'avait pas d'autre arme. court récit qui relate ses derniers jours avant l'acte. récit percutant sur condition de pauvre, le désespoir et ou est-ce que cela peut conduire.
Susie
Apr 16, 2012 Susie rated it liked it
Trop court! Ben Jelloun ne passe par quatre chemin. Le livre décrit de façon sobre et terre à terre la vie misérable et les méchancetés humaines qui amène un homme à s'immoler.
Juliette
Bref, réaliste et poétique. Comme décrit dans le résumé.
J'y ajouterais : Poignant, juste et bouleversant
Simone
Dec 26, 2015 Simone rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed, romanzi
Ben scritto, ma le storie vere romanzate non mi piacciono. Sono pericolose. E poi è troppo corto. Più che un libro è una sveltina.
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Nov 03, 2016
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Triste. Très triste.
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Tahar Ben Jelloun is a Moroccan poet and writer. The entirety of his work is written in French, although his first language is Arabic.
After attending a bilingual (Arabic-French) elementary school, Ben Jalloun studied French in Tangier, Morocco until he was 18 years old. He continued his studies in philosophy at Mohammed-V University in Rabat, where he composed his first poems (1971).
After this poi
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