An immediate and critically acclaimed bestseller in France,
This Blinding Absence of Light
is Tahar Ben Jellouns
crafting of a horrific real-life narrative into a work of
fiction. In this deeply moving novel, says LExpress
Tahar Ben Jelloun has chosen imagination as the response
to inhumanitythe art of writing as the ultimate liberation.
He tells the appalling story of the desert concentration
camps in which King Hassan II of Morocco held his political
enemies. Not until September 1991, under international pressure,
was Hassans regime forced to open these desert hellholes.
A handful of survivorsliving cadavers who had shrunk
by over a foot in heightemerged from the six-by-three-foot
cells in which they had been held underground for decades.
Working closely with one of the survivors, Ben Jelloun
eschewed the traditional novel format and wrote a book in
the simplest of language, reaching always for the most basic
of words, the most correct descriptions. The result is a
great novel, according to Le Monde
, and what
calls a book of universal
import, addressing all the horrors, past and doubtless future,
that man has inflicted on his fellow men.