Mohamed Choukri born on July 15, and died on November 15, , was a Moroccan author and novelist. I first read Mohamed Choukri’s memoir For Bread Alone when I was working on A Basket of Leaves. I considered using it as one of the books I. Mohamed Choukri’s autobiographical novel For Bread Alone describes a bleak childhood and youth in Morocco.

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Mohamed Choukri

Mohamed Choukri is one of North Africa’s most controversial and widely read authors. For me, writing is a protest, not a parade.

At the age of 20, he met someone who changed mkhamed life. Retrieved from ” https: Using only undemonstrative prose, and asking for no special sympathy, Choukri conveys the experience of struggling to survive in a harsh world of dusty streets and unforgiving sunlight.

For Bread Alone (al-Khubz al-Hafi) by Mohamed Choukri

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: But, what annoy the conservatives, is to notice I criticize my father. June UK Price: Like what you read? It starred Said Taghmaoui among others. August External links: May 24, at Choukri’s first writing was published in Al-adab monthly review of Beirut in[1] a story entitled “Al-Unf ala al-shati” “Violence on the Beach”.


Choukri was born inin Ayt Chiker Ayt Chiker, hence his adopted family name: His life was surrounded by prostitutes, thieves, smugglers and especially a tyrannic and violent father.

Translation and Expectation: Which ‘For Bread Alone’ Are You Reading? – ArabLit

Although exact, the translation is far from literal. In Choukri’s African Islamic coastal cities the nightmares are of fathers killing children and the agony of hunger. I see my father walking toward the bed, a wild light in his eyes.

Choukri choukr to literary fame through his daring writings and his association with American writer and composer Paul Bowleswho lived in Tangier for decades.

He twists the small head furiously. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Views Read Edit View history.

Born in New York inPaul Bowles is considered one of the most remarkable American authors of the twentieth century. Also, chokuri is positioned very differently in the two texts. Choukri’s text mohamde become a staple on the syllabi of modern Arabic, comparative literature, and post-colonial studies programs. This narrative is grounded in direct experience and the immediate concerns of everyday existence.

But the Choukri-Bowles collaboration is an extreme case for several reasons.

For Bread Alone (Mohamed Choukri) – book review

Choukri’s irrepressible, ultimately indomitable spirit is most touching and human. The European ones preferably, because there were richer.


This narrative is grounded in direct experience and the immediate concerns of everyday existence. Despite its unremitting grittiness, For Bread Alone has the virtues of force, directness, and honesty. But here, who can I desire?

brewd I hid and waited for the end of the battle. To select a relatively innocuous section would not only be difficult but would seriously misrepresent the whole.

While some blamed “intimidation from Islamist militants, which the government does little to prevent,” in fact, the Egyptian government engaged in book banning in that period on a wide scale. Bowles’s prolific career included many musical compositions, novels, collections of short stories, and books of travel, poetry, and translations.

But things are no better there. Mehrez was threatened with sexual harassment proceedings and expulsion, the book “For Bread Alone” was examined by parliament, and the academic and literary community largely supported her use of the novel through a letter-writing campaign. At the age of 20, he decided to learn how to read and write and to become a schoolteacher.