Review of Corruption

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Author: Allen Hibbard
Editor: Janet Witalec
Date: 2004
Publisher: Gale
Document Type: Book review; Critical essay
Length: 525 words

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[(review date spring 1996) In the following review, Hibbard lauds the moral "shaping impulses" of Corruption, asserting that Ben Jelloun's text reveals the "endemic" social corruption in certain Arab countries.]

Readers of Tahar Ben Jelloun's earlier novels, especially The Sand Child (L'Enfant de sable) and With Downcast Eyes (Les Yeux baissés), will already be acquainted with the magical, lyric style of this Moroccan writer. No Arab male writer presents issues pertaining to gender, exile, and traditional Arab society with so much grace, precision, and wit. His talents have been widely recognized. In 1987 he won the Prix de Goncourt for The Sacred Night (La Nuit sacrée); in 1994 he won the Prix Maghreb.

Corruption (L'Homme rompu in the original French) is more solidly grounded in realism...

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Gale Document Number: GALE|H1100053115