This explosive novel deals with virginity, drugs, adultery and domestic violence with enough ammunition to instantly destroy all the persistent clichés that Arabs and Europeans maintain about each other.
As a single mother, the Belgian quarrels Lore arranged with her son about the Middle East. She meets her reflection in the Palestinian photographer Sarah,who knows what it's like to raise a child alone. The Tunisian suad lives with her lover and does not care about taboos. Mahais on the run from the Syriane war violence desperate for her father the with Alzheimer's struggles. And then there is the ambiguous Miriam;this Iraqi seems afraid of sexuality but likes to show off her curves.
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"Nisma Alaklouk let the clichés about Brussels melt away with this special book. The five female characters, like so many people from Brussels, have washed ashore. Their stories make the city a place full of delicate people who quickly realize that they need each other to survive and become happy.”
Koen Vidal – journalist De Standaard
Nisma Alaklouk (1986) from Palestine has been living and working in Brussels for several years. She has published three novels in Arabic, and appeared in several anthologies. She has already won several literary prizes in Palestine and is active in Flanders as a PEN author. For the first time, a complete novel has been translated into Dutch.
isbn: 9789082985689 - translated by Desirée Custers, EUR 19,99