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In the Country of Others by Leila Slimani

In the Country of Others

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In the Country of Others by Leila Slimani
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Aug 10, 2021 | ISBN 9780143135975

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Praise

Named a Best Book of the Summer by Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, Observer, and Parade

“Slimani excels at telling this wide-ranging story, expertly folding themes of love, loss, alienation, gender, and belonging into a complex narrative set against the backdrop of World War II.” ―Vogue

“A strikingly fresh and vivid novel, free of the stale affectation that permeates lesser historical fiction . . . [A] gripping novel whose personal struggles mirror those of Morocco’s fight for independence.” ―Observer

“The world of this novel―Morocco after World War II, leading up to the revolt against French colonialism―is beautifully created. Personal life, social life, everyday life spring vividly from the page, and we feel deeply for the family caught in the middle of the conflict of history. An exceptional, powerful novel from this justly celebrated writer.” ―Salman Rushdie

“Leila Slimani is a wonderful writer, and this gorgeous novel brings vibrantly to life the vanished world of 1950s Morocco, in a narrative at once richly layered and deceptively simple. I loved it and didn’t want it to end.” ―Claire Messud

“A powerful and compelling family saga—about women and subjugation, otherness and belonging, and the often conflicting loyalty to both family and country—written with a deftness that has come to define Leila Slimani’s writing. It will no doubt resonate in the reader’s mind long after the final sentence is read.” ―Christine Mangan, bestselling author of Tangerine and Palace of the Drowned

“An affecting tale of evolution and revolution . . . Slimani’s visceral prose never fails.” ―Kirkus Reviews

Acclaim from the French Press

“A powerful family saga.” ―Le Parisien

“Captivating and often very moving.” ―Elle (France)

“Who better than Slimani to write a great contemporary novel from the perspective of both sides of the Mediterranean, a double heritage, that of the horrors of colonization and that of the pains of decolonization?” ―Vanity Fair (France)

“A magnificent novel.” ―La Presse

“Written with breadth and a great power of evocation.” ―Libération

“A magnificent portrait of a woman . . . The writing is light, playful, funny. . . . Superb.” ―Atlantico

“A great family saga.” ―L’Obs

“A virtuoso story . . . The great decolonization novel we expected . . . Sensual, radiant, violent . . . [It] captivates us, makes us feel, touch, experience what a people, what a family could feel. The author shows a new mastery.” ―Les Inrockuptibles

“Fascinating . . . Slimani is like a filmmaker who knows how to place her camera to capture emotions close-up and action with wide angles.” ―Jeune Afrique

“Fluid and fiery . . . Rich in humanity . . . [A] fascinating family saga . . . From the first words, we are swept up in an atmosphere where all the emotions seem palpable. . . . Slimani is a wonderful storyteller.” ―Profession Spectacle

“Very inspired . . . [A] great fresco that mixes intimate tragedies and historical upheavals . . . Slimani is not done surprising us.” ―France Info

Acclaim for Leila Slimani

“Slimani writes devastatingly perceptive character studies.” ―Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“Like Jenny Offill, Slimani can write ravishingly of female bodies.” ―Lauren Collins, The New Yorker

“Slimani is an astute observer of power politics in the home.” ―John Freeman, The Boston Globe

“A gifted stylist, Slimani can pack a sneaky wallop when she wants.” ―The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Slimani is a fearless writer who pulls back the curtain to show what secretly thrills and terrifies women.” ―Evening Standard

“[Slimani] writes with a cool detachment and unflinching emotional honesty that takes your breath away.” ―Vogue (U.K.)

“[Slimani] is now the archetype of a certain international image of a female French author: talented, open-minded, and politically engaged.” ―Vanity Fair (France), “The 50 Most Influential French People in the World”

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