Salvation Army is a coming-of-age novel that tells the story of Taia's An autobiographical coming-of-age novel by the the "only gay man" in Morocco.
Salvation Army is a coming-of-age novel that tells the story of Taia's life with complete disclosure - from a childhood bound by family order and latent homo sexual tensions in the poor city of Sal', through an adolescence in Tangier charged by the young writer's attraction to his eldest brother, to a disappointing arrival in the Western world to study in Geneva in adulthood.
In so doing, Salvation Army manages to burn through the author's first-person singularity to embody the complex m'lange of fear and desire projected by Arabs on Western culture. Recently hailed by his native country's press as "the first Moroccan to have the courage to publicly assert his difference," Taia, through his calmly transgressive work, has "outed" himself as "the only gay man" in a country whose theocratic law still declares homosexuality a crime.
The persistence of prejudices on all sides of the Mediterranean and Atlantic makes the translation of Taia's work both a literary and political event. Get A Copy. Paperbackpages. Published April 1st by Semiotext e first published March 1st More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Start your review of Salvation Army. Mar 03, Gerhard rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites, gay-interest. Having Edmund White write the introduction to this autobiographical novel is quite ironic. I think he remains the only openly gay Arab writer, which says a lot about homosexuality and Islam.
It also means that the introduction by White can be read as a kind of cultural appropriation. This is a great and important book because White says it is White, by default, is the kind of man of letters t Having Edmund White write the introduction to this autobiographical novel is quite ironic. Especially if he is gay. The translation is a bit roughshod, with a lot of grammatical and editing errors, but it is this essential rawness of the text that adds so much to its power.
The section where he arrives in Geneva, only to be abandoned and left to his own devices in a foreign country, culture and city by the foreigner who initially seduced him or was it the other way around? So in one sense it is perhaps fitting that Edmund White himself points us to this book, which remains a beacon of how books can transform both lives and perceptions. View all 6 comments.
Mar 02, Kirstine rated it really liked it Shelves: rlgbtqiaown1-mentranslatedreviewed. When he visited my university he gave a very informal talk to my class about his writing, his early life, why he writes in French, his filmmaking and various other things. He was incredibly eloquent and likeable, he seemed extremely reflected and like he was honestly trying to get at something deeper with his writing.
Writing is rather a way to fight the language. It becomes more than just a simple story, it serves a larger purpose. He seemed honest and extremely reflected, being incredibly aware of his own position and what he was struggling to do he joked that even being in bed with a Frenchman was colonialism. Simply a really, really compelling person and author. Sep 11, George K. Ilsley rated it really liked it Shelves: re-readfictiongayafrica.
A perplexing achievement. The language used creates a distance between the text and the reader. The story is fairly common, yet the result in somehow mysterious. The language is very straightforward, yet Taia comes off as profound. One wonders how much of this is the translation, and how much is due to Taia's mother tongue. So much of our thinking is shaped by language instead of thinking doing the shaping and yet this influence is all but invisible to most people.
I hope to have a chance to re A perplexing achievement. I hope to have a chance to read this short autobiographical novel again. Saw the movie and then searched out the book, only to realize I had already read it the movie is only loosely based on the book. So perhaps everything seems more straightforward now because I've read it twice and seen a screen adaptation. View 1 comment. Dec 20, Macartney rated it it was amazing Shelves: gay-littranslationbrothersbest-of Three simple yet haunting intertwining tales of a boy turned young man who is an outsider no matter who he's with or where he goes, whether he is home with his mother, on travels with his brothers, or in a foreign country abandoned by a former lover.
His astute perspective and lonely t Three simple yet haunting intertwining tales of a boy turned young man who is an outsider no matter who he's All In The Name Of Love (Salvation Army Version) or where he goes, whether he is home with his mother, on travels with his brothers, or in a foreign country abandoned by a former lover.
His astute perspective and lonely tone as an outsider and nomad with no true home reminded me of Damon Galgut's In a Strange Room. My only drawback with this novel is that I wish I spoke French so I could read the original without the barrier of translation. Highly recommend. Jan 13, Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: queer-experience. This short book is a coming of age story of a boy from Morocco. He's gay, and maybe first puts that together when observing and loving his brother.
Later he falls for a man from Switzerland, but when he pursues his education in that country, things go sour. Nov 23, Brian rated it really liked it. It tells the story of a young gay Moroccan boy who grows up in large family and later comes to Europe in the pursuit of sexual and intellectual freedom.
When his friend does not show up at the airport in Geneva to pick him up, he is forced to seek shelter at the Salvation Army. It is not your average coming of age story. Taia puts together an amazingly sobering story about growing up in a culture in which your freedom to make "Salvation Army" by Abdellah Taia is not a complicated on the surface. Taia puts together an amazingly sobering story about growing up in a culture in which your freedom to make choices is not considered.
He is in love with his brother and has erotic fantasies about him and the brother doesn't seem to notice. The fact of having eleven siblings can leave anyone feeling lost in their own family, All In The Name Of Love (Salvation Army Version), but Taia retains a distinct personality through and through.
He gets mixed up with Swiss sex tourists -- one who helps him achieve his dreams of leaving Morocco to study further. Whether he is writing about North Africa or Western Europe, Taia seems to have found a way to put things in perspective -- at least for himself. He finds North African lovers be warm, passionate and full of love for life. On the other hand, his Western European affairs tend to leave him yearning for more.
And while he finds laughter and the exotic bliss of life in his family, it is Western Europe where yearns to find the peace and happiness one finds in freedom.
Taia's autobiographical novel is an engaging read. Dec 09, Bill rated it liked it Shelves: gay-fiction. A coming out book in a culture where homosexuality is criminal, this memoir is of interest from the comparative cultural point of view today or even in the '80s, but I don't see that it offers much for those of us who grew up in the '50s and '60s. It all sounds very familiar. He comes off as being naive, affectionate, smart, a nice-guy I'd like to know.
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