Ursula Lindsey writes about culture, education, and politics in the Arab world, and cohosts BULAQ, a podcast on Arabic literature. She is based in Rabat, Morocco.
 (November 2018)

IN THE REVIEW

Restoring Morocco’s Past

Ahmed Bouanani, Paris, 1962

The Hospital: A Tale in Black and White

by Ahmed Bouanani, translated from the French by Lara Vergnaud, with an introduction by Anna Della Subin

The Shutters

by Ahmed Bouanani, translated from the French by Emma Ramadan
In 1967 the Moroccan writer and filmmaker Ahmed Bouanani contracted tuberculosis and was confined for six months in the Moulay Youssef Hospital in Rabat. In 1990 he published a novel, The Hospital. In the first lines, its unnamed narrator tells us, “When I walked through the iron gate of the …