A Palace in the Old Village

A Palace in the Old Village by Tahar ben Jelloun
Penguin Paperback Original / On Sale: January 25, 2011

“Jelloun’s haunting novel reads like a timeless fable, while taking on the oh-so-timely challenges of the immigrant experience. Poignant meditation on the enduring lure of home and the cost of being left behind.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Subtle, well-paced . . . Ben Jelloun has created a fine character study and touching family drama well worth reading.”
Publishers Weekly

“Lovers of literary fiction should take note of this affecting novel.”

“Beautifully and concisely written and well translated, this novel is a superb addition to the genre of ‘exile literature.’”
—Library Journal

“With this novel, Ben Jelloun, a native of Morocco, gives us an unvarnished look at a Muslim’s life in the West, and reminds us that literature can help us understand one another.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A heartbreaking novel about parents and children, A PALACE IN THE OLD VILLAGE (Penguin Paperback Original / On-Sale: January 25, 2011 / ISBN: 9780143118473 / 192pgs. / $15.00) by Tahar Ben Jelloun captures the sometimes stark contrasts between old- and new-world values, and an immigrant’s abiding pursuit of home.

A PALACE IN THE OLD VILLAGE is a novel about returning to one’s place of origin with hopes of rekindling family relationships and a sense of self; it’s about an individual’s journey back to the important things in life.

TAHAR BEN JELLOUN was born in 1944 in Fez, Morocco, and emigrated to France in 1961. A novelist, essayist, critic, and poet, he is a regular contributor to Le Monde, La Répubblica, El País, and Panorama. His novels include The Sacred Night (winner of the 1987 Prix Goncourt), Corruption, The Last Friend, and Leaving Tangier. Ben Jelloun won the 1994 Prix Maghreb, and in 2004 he won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for This Blinding Absence of Light.

LINDA COVERDALE (translator) has translated more than sixty books including Tahar Ben Jelloun’s award-winning novel This Blinding Absence of Light. A Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, she won the 2006 Scott Moncrieff Prize and the 1997 and 2008 French-American Foundation Translation Prize. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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