Tahar Ben Jelloun, "Beauty Is a Fate Better Than Death"

How much stock should Salem place in his dreams?

(from The New Yorker, Dec. 26, 2005)

Salem dreams of his wife’s infidelity, but it’s his own transgressions he should be worried about. I think. While I enjoyed the oddly-paced prose, this story’s over-arching theme was lost on me. The mood, all paranoid and spooky, was reminiscent of some musical tragedy. A lyrical death is foretold, and then it comes.
Jelloun is Morroccan-born and living in France. Here‘s his le site officiel.

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