The heady imagination of a young boy - peopled by veiled women, suggestive vegetables, malevolent djinns and dismembered war heroes - is set against his cosmopolitan adulthood in Amsterdam, where the prodigal son discovers he can never entirely leave his past behind him.
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'Memory is an unreliable resource for writers, and Hafid Bouazza's approach in this collection of eight closely-linked stories is to give that unreliability free rein. Born in Morocco in 1970, Bouazza relocated to Amsterdam as a child, and now writes in Dutch. ABDULLAH'S FEET draws on this complicated heritage to create a past that is half remembered and half imagined. It's a strange territory, an old Moroccan village teeming with brothels, beggars, fishermen, and mosques described from the distance of adulthood and a city lifestyle in Europe, evoking both a real place and something straight from the pages of ARABIAN NIGHTS.
'A book full of sexual longing, mysterious events and vivid images, the final effect is of an enigmatic novel rather than a series of tales, and short as it is, ABDULLAH'S FEET has a weird clarity that sticks in the mind long after you've finished reading it' The Big Issue in the North
'This slim collection of interconnected stories, iintricately wrought, suffused with bawdy humour, is a delight. Spiced with sexual and scatological incident, informed by Bouazza's irreverent imagination, these tales set in a generic Moroccan village - a "wonderland" of djinns,debauchery and Arcadian landscapes - touch on the surreal and satiric' Observer
'Hafid Bouazza creates a world in which people are preposterous and unimportant, while the world of the senses is vivid and exciting... The beauty of Bouazza's prose provides a bewitching foil to the activities described' Literary Review
'Here, before the eyes of a fanciful young boy, are buxom females with posteriors welcoming as "ostrich-down cushions for the spasmodic euphoria of manly release"; lascivious boys sharing intimacies with goats; lusty women satisfying their passion with aubergines and cucumbers. Amid these caricatures, the feet of Abdullah (freshlysevered, yet still animated) guide the reader from one highly entertaining scenario to another' Observer
With the fantastical humour and verve of Salman Rushdie and the edge of Hanif Kureshi, Hafid Bouazza is one of the most important voices of his generation of young European writers.
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