By Paul Bowles, Driss Ben Hamed Charhadi
The most strange literary recommendations ever produced, A lifestyles packed with Holes is the results of a novel collaboration among awesome 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 wish as he wrestles with the bleak realities of lifestyle, it's the first novel ever written within the Arabic dialect Moghrebi, faithfully recorded and translated into English by way of Bowles. easy but wealthy in complicated feelings, it's a attention-grabbing within examine an unusual culture—harsh and startling, but interwoven with a poignant, poetic attractiveness.
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This is our spring. I saw the water. Beside it there was an empty clay pot. Why is this pot out here? I asked her. Because there’s a djinn living in the spring. The djinn beat a man of our village. And always every Thursday we bring food for him. But food without any salt in it. We bring it to the spring and leave it here. And the food? Who eats it? The djinn. My grandmother says he eats it. Is that true? I swear, she said. That’s something new. I never saw anybody leave a pot full of food by a spring before.
Nothing like that here, aoulidi. Only corn bread, and Allah’s white bean pudding and buttermilk. Now you can drink all the buttermilk you can hold. In a while El Fellah called me. Look, he said. Only one shepherd will go out with the sheep every day. You’ve got to stay here at the house. My wife is tired. She can’t sweep or do anything. Ouakha. So I stayed at the house and did the work there the same as before, except that I took the food for the shepherds out to them. Bouchta worked alone, and the other shepherd worked with the plowman.
Then I said: Is this the food you always have here? Tonight they’ve given us a lot, because this is your first night here. It won’t always be this good. Where do you sleep? I asked him. Not here on the ground? That little rag you have there can’t even cover you. It’s no good at all. Don’t you have anything to spread out? It’s warm in here, he said. There’s straw and corn cobs everywhere. Yes? I rubbed my eyes with my fingers. Well, eat, he said. No. You take it if you want. Eat it. I ate at home before I came.
A Life Full of Holes: A Novel Recorded and Translated by Paul Bowles (P.S.) by Paul Bowles, Driss Ben Hamed Charhadi