3 books to discover Moroccan literature

Moroccan literature is one of the richest and most captivating, distinguished by a very colorful language, and a writing that is committed, militant and very attached to its culture. Obviously, you wonder which are the most entertaining, captivating, original works,…, in short the most striking. This article presents you 3 of the best books of Moroccan literature, which are sure to mark you for life.

The prisoner, by Malika Oufkir

Daughter of General Oufkir, Malika Oufkir was thrown in prison with all her family (and her father executed) after the attempted coup of August 16, 1972 against Hassan II. The author recounts her 20 years spent in a secret prison under inhuman conditions in the Sahara, in the company of her mother and her 5 brothers and sisters (the youngest of whom was less than 3 years old when they were imprisoned).

At first glance, you might think that this is the umpteenth book of a person telling his sad life, a topical book rather than a purely literary work. Think again, because although the situation described in this novel is terrible, you will find no pity, no miserability. This novel is quite funny, beautiful, moving and full of humanity, and that’s what makes it so unique and original.

The stars of Sidi Moumen, of Mahi Binebine

The stars of Sidi Moumen by Mahi BinebineMamounia Literary Prize 2010, the very year of its publication, this novel, although short, is full of intensity, poetry and sensitivity. The author (Mahi Binebine) put himself in the shoes of one of the multiple victims of the Casablanca explosion of May 16, 2003. So basically, the narrator is dead and tells his story (his childhood, his life in Sidi Moumen, his misery, the injustices suffered,…) from where he is, which gives a rather original angle of view.

Overwhelming and tragic at the same time, this Moroccan masterpiece is also full of humanity, and above all of hope.

Beware of paratroopers, by Fouad Laroui

Beware of Fouad Laroui's paratroopersThis novel tells the story of a Moroccan engineer named Machin (having studied in France), who sees his life change when one day, while walking in the streets of Casablanca, he receives a booted military parachutist on his head. , helmeted and mustached, named Bouazza. Moved by the military’s distress, Machin decided to welcome him home, while he regained his senses. What turned out to be a mistake, because the mustachioed parachutist will decide to settle permanently and to upset Machin’s daily life.

Although it seems completely wacky at first glance, this novel full of humor and funny situations goes much further, not only by painting a scathing portrait of a society frozen in archaism but also by addressing a sarcastic criticism and caustic to both Moroccan and French culture.

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