A new book was launched in Fez on Friday night by Moroccan author Naima Lahbil Tagemouati. Her first novel, La Liste is in French and is set in Casablanca. It is inspired by the tensions between urban development and how it affects those at the lower end of the social scale
|Author Naima Lahbil Tagemouati at the launch of her book, La Liste|
La Liste, as Naima explained, revolves around two characters - Fatima, a mother who is desperately trying to leave the slum where she lives, but is not on the list of beneficiaries for state housing. She encounters Bouchta, and architect, who has just moved to Casablanca. He likes to dress well, go out in the evenings to forget his marriage in crisis and is trying hard to distance himself from his humble origins. However, being involved in the relocation of a slum forces him to confront difficult situations.
Naima has a strong interest in the changing face of urban Morocco, and has used her first novel to explore issues surrounding the pace of change and what it means for those affected. She is Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences in Fez and has published several articles on the medina of Fez.
For those whose French is not up to reading a full length novel, let's hope her book is translated into English!
|The audience at the book launch asked many questions|