Underappreciated: Mehdi Charef

Monday, July 28, 2008

We continue our Underappreciated summer reading series with a look at Mehdi Charef, who helped create a new genre of Franco-African literature with his 1983 novel Tea in the Harem. It traces the conflicted identity and roots of a North African teenager living in Paris. Professor Alec Hargreaves of Florida State University tells us why Charef should be on your summer reading list.


Professor Alec Hargreaves
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spnyc from Washington Heights

There is a wealth of French-African literature, including West African, that is virtually unknown in the U.S. (and Europe) except for a few isolated translations that appear on undergraduate reading lists of "world literature".

Jul. 28 2008 12:50 PM

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