The Influence Peddlers

Author:   Hedi Kaddour ,  Teresa Lavender Fagan
Publisher:   Yale University Press
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9780300222883


Pages:   344
Publication Date:   03 October 2017
Format:   Paperback
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The eagerly awaited English translation of Kaddour's award-winning novel of clashing cultures during the French colonial years Gather together French colonialists, young nationalists eager for independence, and local Maghreb leaders in a small North African city of the 1920s. Bring a collection of brash American filmmakers and celebrities into the picture. Dangerous cultural collisions are the inevitable result in Hedi Kaddour's best-selling novel of French colonial rule and its persisting legacy of human chaos and cultural tragedy. In this commanding novel, the author plumbs the contradictions of colonialism and the impact on individual lives. With insight, humor, and a profound sense of irony he introduces Les Preponderants- The Preponderants, an unofficial group of peddlers of influence who operate at every level of colonial society. American Hollywood values, Islamic and secular politics, French manners-none of them escapes Kaddour's skewering wit. Filled with rich irony and wonderful characters, this is a novel that grapples forcefully with colonial relations in the Arabic, North African, and French worlds, while also journeying into the simmering Europe and United States of the Roaring Twenties.

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Author:   Hedi Kaddour ,  Teresa Lavender Fagan
Publisher:   Yale University Press
Imprint:   Yale University Press
Weight:   0.499kg
ISBN:  

9780300222883


ISBN 10:   0300222882
Pages:   344
Publication Date:   03 October 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
This item will be ordered in for you from one of our suppliers. Upon receipt, we will promptly dispatch it out to you. For in store availability, please contact us.

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Nahbes...a remote place in North Africa...a remote time also! A revelation of the life of the uptight French colonialists, the aspiring Arabs for freedom and easygoing Americans from Hollywood. Pleasant and entertaining! -Sonallah Ibrahim, author of Beirut, Beirut Hedi Kaddour picked an interesting and significant moment for his novel, Tunisia in the 1920s. The novel takes us to an exposure of the different cultures through the French colonialists, the Arab natives, and some American actors who happen to work in Tunisia. Kaddour has a special talent for creating living, vivid, and unforgettable characters who will remain with the reader forever. This is a beautiful, well-written, and enjoyable novel. -Alaa Al Aswany, author of TheYacoubian Building


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After years of teaching French literature and translation at New York University in France, poet and novelist Hedi Kaddour now teaches creative writing at the famous Gallimard literary workshop in Paris. Teresa Lavender Fagan is the translator of Hedi Kaddour's Little Grey Lies.

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