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The Offering

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  12 ratings  ·  7 reviews
A Tunisian diasporic poet explores the nature of loss as his life tragically falls apart in Salah el Moncef's moving, and strangely hopeful, new novel, The Offering.




After countless professional disappointments, Tariq Abbassi flees Tunisia, with his wife, Regina, for a new life in France, where he plans to make it big as an experimental poet. But life in Bordeaux is not as
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Kindle Edition, 433 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Penelope Books
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John Glendening
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Truth in Poetry: 
Observations on Salah el Moncef’s The Offering
 
Salah el Moncef’s remarkable novel The Offering is narrated by Tariq Abbassi, an Arab, an aspiring poet with a Ph.D. in philosophy from the Sorbonne, and a restaurateur in Bordeaux—a principal setting along with Paris, Tunis and its environs, and the coast of Brittany. The novel constitutes Tariq’s struggles to piece together his past while institutionalized for mental trauma and amnesia. Through the process of writing he gradually
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Betty Yoder
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the best in really good literature that I have read in a long time. The writing is superb and so well done. it is a somewhat complicated story being fragmented from one place in time to another, but if read slowly and deliberately easy to decipher. Feeling for this man who has lost his two sons and all the security in his life, written in beautiful prose, is a wonderful novel. The poetry and flow of the novel, as long as it is, is pure joy to read. Tariq is such a sensitive man who seems ...more
CI
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Memory, Trauma, Confabulation, and Narrative Identity Play: An Unsettling Puzzle


Tariq Abbassi, a French experimental poet of Tunisian origin, has lost his children, his memories, as well as his ability to speak and function on his own. As an odd after-effect of his brain injury, he can now express himself fully, by his own account, only in 'a perfectly fluent but excessively formal and florid English,' and only in writing. He refuses to see most of his friends and family members for reasons va

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Deborah Kilduff
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Offering is a beautifully written literary gem. The story is a complex psychological character study written in the first person. The storyteller had gone through several extremely devastating events; the removal of his children by his estranged wife and the sudden murders of his two young sons. He had also suffered from a traumatic brain injury. While recovering from the brain injury, Tariq kept a diary and these entries formed part of the story. He is a man who is suffering emotionally and ...more
Katie
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In the beginning of The Offering, the reader quickly meets Tariq and learns about his failed marriage, and his spending time with his sons who are visiting. Tariq’s wife fled France and their marriage, secreting off with their two sons and causing Tariq’s life to come apart. But as this information unfolds, Tariq’s musings hint at impending tragedy involving himself and his sons. The story is told in circles, quickly jumping back to the past with Tariq coming home and finding his family gone. Hi ...more
Misha Lenz
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Salah el Moncef wrote an intriguing, intellectual, and absolutely beautiful book in his The Offering. The prose is elegant, while he discusses loss on many spectrums; the demise of a relationship, the main character's plight as a now unattached Arab male in Europe, and the larger loss of death. el Moncef has created a vivid and sympathetic protagonist, Tariq, and as an American female reader, I felt a surprising connection to Tariq, who documented his thoughts in his journal. Over and over I fou ...more
Kimberly Lanton
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I started reading The Offering this afternoon and JUST finished it. I could not put it down. The book is all in different times and in different parts of the country. If you go to fast you could miss something and with this book you do not want to do that. I don't want to give away any spoilers but pay attention to the introduction of characters. The Offering is a book that had all my emotions playing with me. I will say that in the end I took a deep breath and then told my husband the story. Th ...more
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