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Leila Abouzeid () is a Moroccan author who writes in Arabic rather than in French and is the first Moroccan woman writer of literature to be translated into English. She was born in 1950. After studying at the Mohamed V University in Rabat and The University of Texas, Austin, Leila Abouzeid began her career as a radio and TV journalist, and also worked as press assistant in government ministries and in the prime minister's office. Former Fellow of the World Press Institute at St. Paul , Minnesota , Leila Abouzeid left the press in 1992 to dedicate herself to writing fiction.

In her first novel, Year of the Elephant , many of the events of Abouzeid's narrative (divorce, the struggle against poverty, interfamilial conflict, etc.) are common themes in contemporary Moroccan literature, but are presented here in a new perspective — that of a woman. Abouzeid explores a number of themes throughout the story of the conflict between traditional culture and modernism, Moroccan society's valuation of women, and the meaning of independence at both the national and the individual levels. In Return to Childhood , Abouzeid charts her deeply personal journey through family conflicts ignited by the country's civil unrest during Morocco 's struggle for independence from French colonial rule.

Abouzeid's book, The Last Chapter , is a thought-provoking, semi-autobiographical story about a young Moroccan woman and her struggle to find an identity in the Morocco of the second half of the twentieth century. Shifting male/female relationships feature strongly in the narrative, as do clashes of modern and traditional Moroccan society, Islamic and Western values, as well as the older practices of sorcery and witchcraft. “With an author as talented as Abouzeid and the heroine an intellectual with the tongue of a Moroccan Dorothy Parker, there is a lot of substance to the novel” — commented the Cairo Times.

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Total Books: 5
Year of the Elephant
2009 - Year of the Elephant [Modern Middle East Literatures in Translation] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780292721722
ISBN-10: 0292721722
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Director and Other Stories from Morocco
2006 - The Director and Other Stories From Morocco [Modern Middle East Literature in Translation] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780292712652
ISBN-10: 0292712650
Genres: Business & Money, Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction
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Last Chapter
2004 - Last Chapter [Modern Arabic Writing] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789774247750
ISBN-10: 9774247752
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Return to Childhood The Memoir of a Modern Moroccan Woman
1999 - Return to Childhood the Memoir of a Modern Moroccan Woman [Modern Middle East Literatures in Translation Series] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780292704909
ISBN-10: 0292704909
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction
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Year of the Elephant A Moroccan Woman's Journey Toward Independence and Other Stories
1989 - Year of the Elephant a Moroccan Woman's Journey Toward Independence and Other Stories [Modern Middle East Literature in Translation Series] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780292796034
ISBN-10: 029279603X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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