The Country of Others

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Author: Leïla Slimani

9780571361625 | PB | pp. 336 | 2021 | Faber and Faber

This is the story of a Frenchwoman, married to a Moroccan soldier, whose fierce desire for autonomy parallels her adopted country’s struggle for freedom.

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Alsace, 1944. Mathilde finds herself falling deeply in love with Amine Belhaj, a Moroccan soldier, billeted in her town, fighting for the French.

After the Liberation, Mathilde leaves France, following Amine to Morocco. But life here is unrecognizable to this brave and passionate young woman. Where she she once danced, bickered with her sister, her life is now that of a farmer’s wife – with all the sacrifices and vexations that brings.

Suffocated by the heat, by her loneliness on the farm, by the mistrust she inspires as a foreigner and by the lack of money Mathilde grows restless. As Morocco’s own struggle for independence grows daily, Mathilde and Amine find themselves caught in the crossfire . . .

This story of two nations at war, two cultures at loggerheads, and one family torn apart is as tenderly observed as it is devastatingly true.

Additional information

Author:

Leïla Slimani

ISBN:

9780571361625

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

336

Year of Publication:

2021

Publisher:

Faber and Faber

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

United Kingdom

About the Author

The author wrote The Perfect Nanny, one of The New York Times Book Review‘s 10 Best Books of the Year, for which she became the first Moroccan woman to win France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Goncourt. Her first novel, Adèle, about a sex-addicted woman in Paris, won the La Mamounia Prize for the best book by a Moroccan author written in French and gave rise to her nonfiction book Sex and Lies: True Stories of Women’s Intimate Lives in the Arab World. A journalist and frequent commentator on women’s and human rights, Slimani spearheaded a campaign–for which she won the Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom–to help Moroccan women speak out, as self-declared outlaws, against their country’s “unfair and obsolete laws.” She is French president Emmanuel Macron’s personal representative for the promotion of the French language and culture and was ranked #2 on Vanity Fair France’s annual list of The Fifty Most Influential French People in the World. Born in Rabat, Morocco, in 1981, she now lives in Paris with her French husband and their two young children.

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