A Novel

Book - 2014
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As Hassan Najmis acclaimed novel begins, our unnamed narrator befriends an elderly man, Muhammad, who, as a young man, worked as a tour guide in the city of Tangier. Muhammad tells the narrator about his most famous clients, the renowned Gertrude Stein and her companion Alice Toklas, with the recommendation of Henri Matissehired Muhammad as their guide when they visited Morocco. Now close to death, Muhammad begs the narrator to take his papers and write his life story. We learn that Muhammad accepted Steins invitation to visit her in Paris. He participated in Steins famous salon, meeting the many luminaries in Steins circle. As the narrator is drawn into Muhammad's story, he finds himself also drawn to a beautiful African-American woman who becomes as interested in the story of Steins visit to Morocco as she is in the young Moroccan who is researching it.
Publisher: Northampton, Massachusetts : Interlink Books, 2014.
ISBN: 9781566569712
Branch Call Number: NAJMI
Characteristics: 282 pages ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: Jirtrud. English


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