Benabou, a professor at the University of Paris, was born to a traditional Jewish family in Morocco, and returned to Meknes after an extended absence. His secular education in France, combined with his physical removal from his roots, gave him a bittersweet view of this past, as the world of his memories had ceased to exist. While examples of the "lost world of the shtetl" exist for Eatsern European Jewry, Benabou's memoir eloquently gives the reader the distinct flavor of a similar, yet different, experience.
Marcel Bénabou is a professor of ancient history at the University of Paris and the permanent provisional secretary of Oulipo. Steven Rendall is the author of Distinguo: Reading Montaigne Differently. Warren Motte, a professor of French at the University of Colorado, is the author of several books including Playtexts: Ludics in Contemporary Literature (Nebraska 1995).