By Tahar Ben Jelloun

Award-winning, the world over bestselling writer Tahar Ben Jelloun's new novel is the tale of an immigrant named Mohammed who has spent 40 years in France and is set to retire. Taking inventory of his existence- his devotion to Islam and to his assimilated children-he comes to a decision to come back to Morocco, the place he spends his life's reductions construction the largest condominium within the village and waits for his teenagers and grandchildren to return be with him. A heartbreaking novel approximately mom and dad and youngsters, A Palace within the outdated Village captures the occasionally stark contrasts among outdated- and new-world values, and an immigrant's abiding pursuit of home.

(Book used to be initially released in French through Gallimard, 2009. )

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