The Deaf-mute Boy by Joseph GeraciThe Deaf-mute Boy by Joseph Geraci

The Deaf-mute Boy

byJoseph Geraci

Paperback | September 12, 2006

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The Deaf-Mute Boy—equal parts travel story, love story, and a resonant confrontation with the Muslim world—is the tale of a gay American professor immersed in a North African society. Maurice Burke, an archaeologist, is invited to speak at a conference in the bustling port town of Sousse, Tunisia. At first disillusioned by its rampant tourism and squalid commercialism, Maurice becomes intrigued by his surroundings after meeting a local deaf-mute boy. While exploring a vibrant souk, Maurice encounters a religious leader who guides him on a fateful introduction to the boy’s family. As Maurice’s involvement with the deaf-mute boy intensifies, he finds himself drawn into a maze of Tunisian politics, culture, and religion.
Joseph Geraci is the author of the novels Loving Sander and Marrying Tom, and editor of the anthology Dares to Speak. He was a member of the editorial collective of The Catholic Worker and is  director of the Paidika Foundation in Amsterdam. For many years he has been a dealer in rare photographs.
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Title:The Deaf-mute BoyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:196 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:September 12, 2006Publisher:University of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299218945

ISBN - 13:9780299218942

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"Once Tunisia was the land of Gide and de Montherlant—eroticized, romantic, 'oriental'—but that was then and this is now. Overrun by tourists and fundamentalists—post-colonial, melancholic and inexplicable, threatened and threatening—it is still seductive. The Deaf-Mute Boy is a devastatingly accurate portrayal of the reality behind the modern tourism facade."—Peter Lamborn Wilson