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Leïla Slimani

Autor(a) de Lullaby

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About the Author

Leila Slimani was in her native Morocco promoting her novel Adle, about a woman addicted to sex, when she began meeting women who confided the dark secrets of their sexual lives. In Morocco, adultery, abortion, homosexuality, prostitution, and sex outside of marriage are all punishable by law, and mostrar mais women have only two choices: They can be wives or virgins. In this fearless expos of the secrets and lies of women's intimate lives, Slimani combines vivid, often harrowing testimonies with her passionate and intelligent commentary to make a galvanizing case for a sexual revolution in the Arab world. mostrar menos

Obras por Leïla Slimani

Lullaby (2016) 1,797 exemplares
The Country of Others (2020) 389 exemplares
Adèle (2014) 383 exemplares
Watch Us Dance (2022) 111 exemplares
Sex and Lies (2017) 94 exemplares
The Scent of Flowers at Night (2021) 58 exemplares
Le diable est dans les détails (2016) 17 exemplares
Paroles d'honneur (2017) 17 exemplares
A mains nues (2022) 7 exemplares
A mains nues - Tome 2 (2021) 4 exemplares
Comment j'ecris: Roman (2018) 2 exemplares
Simone Veil, mon héroïne (2017) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Decameron Project: 29 New Stories from the Pandemic (2020) — Contribuidor — 112 exemplares
We Wrote in Symbols: Love and Lust by Arab Women Writers (2021) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares


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My (kjuliff) January books em 75 Books Challenge for 2023 (Janeiro 2023)


Slimani shows history's effects on an extended family in post WWII through the 60s in Morocco, particularly the women. I enjoyed the variety of the characters and the settings. I found the end ambiguous and unresolved. This is the second book in a proposed trilogy so perhaps that is why.
ccayne | 5 outras críticas | May 22, 2024 |
Can't believe I forgot and read this again. Somewhat gripping, but in the end highly unsatisfying.
Abcdarian | 105 outras críticas | May 18, 2024 |
Read Around the World. Morocco.

In the Country of Others is a historical fiction by Moroccan author Leïla Slimani, set in Morocco in the 1940s and 1950s. It is the first book of a trilogy.

French Catholic Mathilde meets handsome Muslim Moroccan soldier Amine Belhaj in 1944 when he is stationed in Alsace fighting for the French in WWII. The two fall in love and after the war Mathilde moves from Strasbourg to Rabat, Morocco, to start what she envisages to be a romantic adventurous exotic life. The reality is somewhat different, and she struggles with the hot, dusty isolation and confines of her new life. On the one hand she is shunned by the French for marrying a Moroccan and the locals perceive her to be a foreigner. Amine shifts from being the romantic hero to a controlling, abusive workaholic determined to get ahead. He also is torn between his sympathies with his countrymen (including his brother Oman) who are pushing for independence and his loyalties to the French who he fought for.

Their daughter Aïcha also struggles at the Catholic school she attends with the cruelty of children towards those they perceive as different or other. Mathilde rages at the confines of her life and finally settles herself to giving medical aid to the villagers.

This book gives great insight into life in 1940s and 50s Morocco and the political climate of the time. My main problem was there was not one likeable character in the book. Mathilde varies from being petty and self absorbed to bizarre and almost deranged at times. Nonetheless, this was a worthwhile read but I’m not sure I’ll persist with the sequels.
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mimbza | 14 outras críticas | Apr 22, 2024 |
This book is precisely what the front cover announces - a personal recount of women's experiences in Morocco in regard to sexuality.

There were no surprises here. The stories we read about are hard to comprehend from a "western" perspective. Sadly, they got repetitive rather quickly with a narrative that seemed to have been pushed onto this to prove a point. I expected more variety in this book, maybe even some positive tales. However, this is not that type of book.

Slimani rightly calls out the hypocrisy of a society oscillating between sexual fantasies and disgust when it comes to sexuality, where religion always has the final word. The obsession with virginity is the norm, while men are among the highest consumers of pornography in the world.

But, more interestingly Slimani says that as long as you are rich you are free, above these laws and mores. Sadly, that seems true for women wherever they are in this world.
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ZeljanaMaricFerli | 4 outras críticas | Mar 4, 2024 |



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