A Palace in the Old Village: A Novel
Title: A Palace in the Old Village: A Novel
Author: Tahar Ben Jelloun
After living in France for 40 years, Mohommed moves to Morocco and spends his life savings on building a huge house, with the hopes that his assimilated children will come to be with him, as he reflects on his life and his devotion to Islam. By the author of Leaving Tangier.
The latest novel from “Morocco’s greatest living author” (The Guardian)
Award-winning, internationally bestselling author Tahar Ben Jelloun’s new novel is the story of an immigrant named Mohammed who has spent forty years in France and is about to retire. Taking stock of his life- his devotion to Islam and to his assimilated children-he decides to return to Morocco, where he spends his life’s savings building the biggest house in the village and waits for his children and grandchildren to come be with him. A heartbreaking novel about parents and children, A Palace in the Old Village captures the sometimes stark contrasts between old- and new-world values, and an immigrant’s abiding pursuit of home.