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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It is most likely that he adopted this name later in Tangier, because in the rural Rif family names were rarely registered.

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

Morocco portal Biography portal Novels portal. The author had to reduce it first to Moroccan Arabic for me. For Bread Alone is a manuscript, written in classical Arabic, mohxmed language I do not know. This narrative is grounded in direct experience and the immediate concerns of everyday existence. After a family dispute, he left his family at the age of 11 to live in Tangier.

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To speed my ejaculation, I imagined raping Asiya in Tetuan. And what about me? As a child Choukri survived thanks to a variety of jobs, serving in a French family in the Algerian Rif, or guiding sailors who choulri in Tangierwhere he learned Spanish.

On moving to another province Mohamed learns how to charm and steal, and discovers the joys of drugs, sex and alcohol. His explicitness about some of his sexually tinted experiences was largely condemned by religious and conservative forces in Morocco and abroad.


To what extent does he represent his abjection as an extension of colonial exploitation?

Mohamed Choukri – Wikipedia

Princes of the streetsa film by Nabil Ayouchtelling the story of a homeless child, is qlone adaptation of For Bread Alonedespite a less shocking atmosphere. A book to read, cherish and remember — and to show us again why we need books as well as mohaed.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Prior to his death he provided for his servant of almost 22 years. He decided to leave Tangier in year of the independence of Morocco and went to Laracheentering a primary school at the age of It starred Said Taghmaoui among others.

What is gained, as a result? And any translator and author may well differ in how they read the book and how they understand what makes a good literary work. Mohamed Choukri is one of North Africa’s most controversial and widely read authors. He was raised in a very poor family. For one thing, he was afraid that the government might stop funding his expensive cancer treatment if he gave away the rights to his work to a foreign entity. Bowles and Choukri worked together on the translation of For Bread Alone inand Bowles arranged for the novel to be published in England by Peter Owen.

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But the Choukri-Bowles collaboration is an extreme case for several reasons. Mohamed Choukri believed he had secured that which was most important to him: Le Reclus de Tanger At the age of twenty he decided to learn to read and write classical Arabic.


I cannot write about the milk of birds, the gentle stranglehold of the angelic beauty, grasps of dew, the cascade of lions, the heavy breast of females. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

For example, has the work been received differently in Morocco, Lebanon, France, U. The father is sacred in the Arabic-Muslim society. But things are no better there.

Fiction Buy this book from Al Saqi Bookshop. Archived from the original on Choukri’s irrepressible, ultimately indomitable spirit is most touching and human.

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

The book would later be translated into 30 other languages. Morocco Portal Literature Portal. Choukri grew to literary fame through his daring writings and his association with American writer and composer Paul Bowleswho lived in Tangier for decades. Mohamed Choukri chose the Moroccan option. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: It is an urban pain where every day “the alleys swallow me up and spew me out.

He alnoe the small head furiously. At the age of 20, he decided to learn how to read and write and became later a schoolteacher. To select a relatively innocuous section would not only be difficult but would seriously misrepresent the whole.