Kaleem Books

We are excited to announce the launch of Kaleem Books – www.kaleembooks.com a new Arabic Literature Publishing house that is looking to transform the Arabic publishing world.

Kaleem Books has published its first book: Tunisian Tale (Hikaya Tunisiyya) by Hassouna Al Mosbahi. Renowned Tunisian author Hassouna Al Mosbahi, uses this sordid story to transport us to “M” slum, festering with poor immigrants who have come from the Tunisian heartland to the metropolis, looking for a better life. Currently only printed in Arabic – copies available at the gallery.

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More about The Tunisian Tale (Hikaya Tunisiyya) by Hassouna Al Mosbahi

Praise for the author
Hassouna Al Mosbahi follows in the footsteps of Tayeb Saleh, and takes us to the heart of the Tunisian society, to show us, up close and personal, the violence of the characters he has chosen to examine, their lives are turned inside-out. Die Welt

Description
Tunisian Tale is a novel inspired by the true story of a twenty-year old man, who killed his mother by burning her to death. His only motive was the rumours propagated about her by the people of a slum on the outskirts of the Tunisian capital. In court, he stood up proudly and declared that he had no regrets.

Renowned Tunisian author Hassouna Al Mosbahi, uses this sordid story to transport us to “M” slum, festering with poor immigrants who have come from the Tunisian heartland to the metropolis, looking for a better life. It is the story of a peasant woman who is shackled through an arranged marriage to a railway worker, and her son who has hated her since his early childhood, while at the same time is infatuated with his father and his Bedouin paternal grandmother with her folk stories and fairy tales.

The novel is a strong dramatic mural, searing with its honest depiction of the disintegration of values and women’s inferior position in a patriarchal society. It employs an innovative narrative technique that combines folk tale structure and a modernistic style.

About the author
Hassouna Al Mosbahi was born in 1950 in Kairowan, Tunisia to a large Bedouin family. After studying in Paris, Madrid and London, he moved to Munich, Germany in 1985 where he continued to live for a further twenty years. He became a writer, literary critic and freelance journalist for German newspapers. In 1986, he received the ‘Prix National de la Nouvelle’ for his first collection of short stories published in Tunisia in Arabic and French. In 2000, Hassouna won the Munich Fiction Prize for the German translation of his novel (Tarshish Hallucination). His short story, “The Tortoise”, was short-listed for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2001. He has published, in Arabic and German, four volumes of short stories, a novel, a travel book and some non-fiction.

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