Book Size: 5.25" x 8"

Pages: 368

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781623719418

Imprint: Interlink Books

Edition: 1

Release date: October 2019

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Dune Song

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$ 16.00

WINNER OF THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE, PRIX LITTÄRAIRE SOFITEL TOUR BLANCHE 

“Bouziane addresses political events in deeply personal ways and she imbues personal actions with deep political meaning. She weaves a story as poetic and transfixing as the desert landscape where much of of it takes place and as wide ranging as the East-West divide which she attempts to bridge with her exquisite prose.” — Devan Sipher, author of The Wedding Beat and The Scenic Route

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About this book

"I came to the Sahara to be buried."

After witnessing the collapse of the World Trade Center, Jeehan Nathaar leaves her New York life with her sense of identity fractured and her American dream destroyed. She returns to Morocco to make her home with a family that's not her own. Healed by their kindness but caught up in their troubles, Jeehan struggles to move beyond the pain and confusion of September 11th. On this desiccated landscape, thousands of miles from Ground Zero, the Dune sings of death, love, and forgiveness.

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About the author

Anissa M. Bouziane was born in Tennessee, daughter of a Moroccan father and a French mother.  She grew up in Morocco, but returned to the US to attend Wellesley College, and went on to earn an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University. Her book, Dune Song, is rooted in the author’s experience of witnessing the collapse of the Twin Towers. She now works and teaches in Paris.

Reviews

“Bouziane addresses political events in deeply personal ways and she imbues personal actions with deep political meaning. She weaves a story as poetic and transfixing as the desert landscape where much of of it takes place and as wide ranging as the East-West divide which she attempts to bridge with her exquisite prose.” — Devan Sipher, author of The Wedding Beat and The Scenic Route

“With the struggles from New York to the Moroccan dessert of the secular Muslim, academic woman, Jeehan, Anissa Bouziane’s Dune Song, in beautiful prose draws a compelling portrait of what happens to us, when the world for no reasons of our own, starts viewing us entirely differently. An essential book to understanding the double disaster that befell the identity of moderate Muslims in the Western world after the fall of the Twin Towers. A literary accomplishment of great importance…” –Janne Teller, author of the award-winning novel Nothing

“An utterly absorbing read: harrowing and uplifting in equal measure, it sings the music of the heart.” –Maureen Freely, author of Sailing to Byzantium and President of English PEN

“Poetic… In bringing the two worlds together, this book adds its voice to related works by Khaled Hosseini and Jhumpa Lahiri.” – The Wee Review

“Beautifully written… Bouziane’s prose is taut and lyrical and she manages to create a very powerful sense of both New York and the Moroccan dunes. The sense of numbness and shock following that dreadful incident in New York is vividly conveyed and so too is the experience of being Muslim and constantly under suspicion. And then, in total contrast, she recreates for the reader, in prose that is closer to poetry in places, the beauty, the stillness, the emptiness and the peace of the Moroccan desert.” –TripFiction

“Both precise and lyrical, this novel of epic scope suggests it’s through service towards those whom fortune has forsaken that one can truly find peace.” – Fouad Laroui, winner of the Prix Goncourt

“Rich and gripping… The story that Anissa Bouziane tells with brio inhabits the world between thriller and philosophical tale… A text that is true, precise and without concession.” – Mahi Binebine, shortlisted for the Prix Renaudot

“This is a very important book by an extremely gifted author. It’s too good to win the Booker Prize, but I’m sure Simon Louvish doesn’t give a damn about that…” – Literary Review on The Days of Miracles and Wonders

“If Roth makes you laugh, Louvish will make you clutch your belly in hysterics. He is very, very funny.” – Daily Telegraph (London) on The Days of Miracles and Wonders

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