moroccan literature

I, a gay, spent 8 months alone reading books by straight moroccan people, so now I’m arguing that if you’re lonely enough anything sounds gay

Swarthmore College, French and Francophone Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies

Futurs (im)possibles au delà du texte: lectures queers de littérature contemporaine marocaine d'expression française. 

[(Im)possible Futures beyond the Text: Queer Readings of Contemporary French Language Moroccan Literature]

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Name: Imane
Age: 22
Country: Morocco 

I already have a few penpals with whom I have become really close friends, and I would like to have many others because I love learning about new cultures. I’m going to be 22 years old this July. I’m studying for a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature. I speak Arabic, English, and French and would like to learn many other languages. My favorite thing to do is sing and read, and it is such a beautiful thing when other penpals share with me their favorite songs and books. If you would like to learn more about Moroccan and Arab culture, I’ll be more than happy to be your friend. Have a nice day ^.^ 

Preferences: none

World-traveler Paul Bowles loved his luggage almost as much as the desert sun. Bowles, a Tangier of considerable fashion sense, wrote novels, composed music, and translated Moroccan and Spanish literature. In his time, mainly the ‘30s through the early ‘70s, he journeyed to Paris, French North Africa, Mexico, and Sri Lanka, often by his preferred means of travel – steamship. The impeccably dressed Bowles appreciated the almost unlimited baggage space offered to passengers, unlike that available to those who traveled via plane, Bowles’ most-hated mode of transportation. 

After Bowles’s wife Jane passed away and he stopped traveling, his eclectic collection of suitcases, trunks, carrying bags and valises stayed stacked in the writer’s apartment, baggage tags yellowing in the humid air: always ready, yet never used again.

Andrea Bolt


Dale Peck x Abdellah Taia | World Voices PEN Festival, New York, April 2011

An hour-long conversation between the American writer Dale Peck and me about about my literary work, books, and origins