Salvation Army

Salvation Army

by Abdellah Ta?a
     
 

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An autobiographical coming-of-age novel by the the "only gay man" inMorocco.

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An autobiographical coming-of-age novel by the the "only gay man" inMorocco.

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Editorial Reviews

Lambda Report - Alistair McCartney
Here in the United States, it's easy to become jaded about the coming out narrative. It can feel like a story we've read one time too many, one that has somehow become commodified, fraught with predictability. But every once in a while a novel comes along that shatters our jaded state and renews our faith in the queer coming of age genre. Abdellah Taïa's Salvation Army is one such book.

Tingus Magazine - Mustapha Hamil
In a simple and straightforward language, the author leads the reader through a journey of uncertainty and self-discovery, beyond the nuanced resonance of words and emotions. Writing, which he discovers at an early age, involves for him a courageous and unprecedented act of exposing his country's taboos and prohibitions.

Frontiers in LA - Noël Alumit
Just when you thought you'd read every coming out story imaginable, a book as fresh and original as this one enlivens the genre.

Glen Helfand
The novel is richly layered yet impressively lean, and as easily enjoyed by the pool as at a university library.

Richard Labonte
This straightforward story about self-discovery is a reminder that coming-of-age tales still need to be told.

From the Publisher
"Here in the United States, it's easy to become jaded about the coming out narrative. It can feel like a story we've read one time too many, one that has somehow become commodified, fraught with predictability. But every once in a while a novel comes along that shatters our jaded state and renews our faith in the queer coming of age genre. Abdellah Taïa's Salvation Army is one such book." Alistair McCartney Lambda Report

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"In a simple and straightforward language, the author leads the reader through a journey of uncertainty and self-discovery, beyond the nuanced resonance of words and emotions. Writing, which he discovers at an early age, involves for him a courageous and unprecedented act of exposing his country's taboos and prohibitions." Mustapha Hamil Tingus Magazine

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"Just when you thought you'd read every coming out story imaginable, a book as fresh and original as this one enlivens the genre." Noël Alumit Frontiers in LA

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"The novel is richly layered yet impressively lean, and as easily enjoyed by the pool as at a university library." Glen Helfand Bay Area Reporter

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"This straightforward story about self-discovery is a reminder that coming-of-age tales still need to be told." Richard Labonte

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Publishers Weekly

Taïa's slim and disjointed autobiographical coming-of-age story begins in poverty in Salé, Morocco, where young Abdellah reports on the impoverished town's doings. As a young adult, he falls for an older man who introduces him to Europe and the possibility of leaving home and its repressive social mores behind. But the story feels haphazard, and the narrative hinges on a string of taboo-breaking accounts of Taïa's amorous encounters, from his incestuous desire for his older brother to his troubled first love, then a threesome, then a random encounter in a public toilet. For all its frank sexuality and candor, the novel feels canned and unconvincing. (Mar.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584350705
Publisher:
Semiotexte/Smart Art
Publication date:
04/30/2009
Series:
Semiotext(e) / Native Agents
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
453,095
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Edmund White
Abdellah Taïa is a brilliant young Moroccan who writes in French. In this novel, appropriately, he talks about his first contacts with Europeans. We learn about the traditional Moroccan family, about Swiss sex tourists, about the Salvation Army in Geneva, about the first burgeoning of desire in a young Arab, about family love and carnal love. Taïa has a captivating way of taking us into his confidence and telling us essential truths.

From the Publisher
"Here in the United States, it's easy to become jaded about the coming out narrative.

It can feel like a story we've read one time too many, one that has somehow become commodified,fraught with predictability. But every once in a while a novel comes along that shatters our jaded state and renews our faith in the queer coming of age genre. Abdellah Taïa's Salvation Army is one such book." Alistair McCartney Lambda Report

Semiotext(e)

"In a simple and straightforward language, the author leads the reader through a journey of uncertainty and self-discovery, beyond the nuanced resonance of words and emotions.

Writing, which he discovers at an early age, involves for him a courageous and unprecedented act of exposing his country's taboos and prohibitions." Mustapha Hamil Tingus Magazine

Semiotext(e)

"Just when you thought you'd read every coming out story imaginable, a book as fresh and original as this one enlivens the genre." Noël Alumit Frontiers in LA

Semiotext(e)

"The novel is richly layered yet impressively lean, and as easily enjoyed by the pool as at a university library." Glen Helfand Bay Area Reporter

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"This straightforward story about self-discovery is a reminder that coming-of-age tales still need to be told." Richard Labonte

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