By Paul Bowles, Driss Ben Hamed Charhadi

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Essentially the most strange literary strategies ever produced, A existence packed with Holes is the results of a unique collaboration among impressive participants: Driss ben Hamed Charhadi, an illiterate North African servant and highway seller, and mythical American novelist and essayist Paul Bowles. The strong tale of a shepherd and petty trafficker suffering to keep up desire as he wrestles with the awful realities of way of life, it's the first novel ever written within the Arabic dialect Moghrebi, faithfully recorded and translated into English by way of Bowles. elementary but wealthy in complicated feelings, it's a interesting within examine an surprising culture—harsh and startling, but interwoven with a poignant, poetic attractiveness.

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But I can’t eat any more now. I’ll go into the saint’s tomb and play a while, and when I come out I’ll go up and get some. I ran into the tomb. It was very old and falling to pieces, without a roof. There was an olive tree growing inside. When I went over to the tree, I saw a snake wrapped around a branch, crawling along. It saw me and disappeared. And I ran back outside and played there. After a while I went again to look at the figs. There was an old man sitting in the orchard under a tree there.

It was like a game, or the wind. What is war? I thought. Not something in the world, not something that is part of life. The women spent the whole day in the forest gathering wood. Each one kept adding to her pile. There were two soldiers on horseback to keep us from running away. Late in the afternoon the women piled the wood onto their backs and started to the jail. And we went along through the forest, walking, with the soldiers riding behind us. The people who were carrying heavy loads went on foot, and those who had nothing to carry went on horseback.

And I walked along with my mother. She was bent over double under her load, and I walked in front of her. This is what our life was like there in the jail at Tseroual. I said to my mother one day: What a bad way to live this is! And my mother said: Ah, you see how hard life is? And I did not understand anything. I looked at her and that was all. There was nothing I could do for her. We stayed that way, today and tomorrow, today and tomorrow. One day the news got to our family that we were there.

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