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Smaïn; and Safti's Summer Day

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Two exotic tales of northern Africa.

Smaïn: The narrator meets a young boy named Smaïn who is madly in love with a mysterious woman.

Safti's Summer Day: The narrator talks to his vacation guide about what the man does during his five months' winter holiday.
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Published August 15th 2009 (first published 1905)
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These stories both had a humorous bent, but not of the ha-ha variety, more of the observational sort. Both were told from the POV of the narrator, a nameless tourist to northern Africa.

In Smaïn, our narrator is wandering about with his guide, Safti, and they come upon a young man playing a pipe-flute. Safti tells his boss that the boy is obviously in love to play with such abandon and they accompany him to where his lady-love works as a dancing girl. The appearance of the mysterious lady turns t
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Hichens was born in Speldhurst in Kent, the eldest son of a clergyman. He was educated at Clifton College, the Royal College of Music and early on had a desire to be a musician. Later in life he would be a music critic on the World, taking the place of George Bernard Shaw. He also studied at the London School of Journalism. Hichens was a great traveler, Egypt was one of his favorite destinations, ...more
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