By Paul Bowles, Larbi Layachi
probably the most strange literary thoughts ever produced, A existence packed with Holes is the results of a novel collaboration among extraordinary contributors: Driss ben Hamed Charhadi, an illiterate North African servant and road seller, and mythical American novelist and essayist Paul Bowles. The robust tale of a shepherd and petty trafficker suffering to take care of wish as he wrestles with the bleak realities of way of life, it's the first novel ever written within the Arabic dialect Moghrebi, faithfully recorded and translated into English through Bowles. basic but wealthy in advanced 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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A professora Steinway já devia saber que seu aluno não era promessa de nada. Mesmo se eu fosse estudar no outro hemisfério: nada. Uma nulidade, voz para conversa, grito ou resmungo, nunca para o canto. Ainda assim, ela estimulava seu único aluno, o único menino. Já és um tenorino talentoso, ela brincava, quando ouvia meus agudos alarmantes. As meninas e as pianistas veteranas entediavam-se; muitas frequentavam o conservatório por obrigação ou para matar o tempo. Várias alunas cochichavam nos corredores.
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