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Hafid Bouazza

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Hafid Bouazza
Mockingbird

Hafid Bouazza's Radiobook, Mocking bird, is written in the flowery poetic style that is typical of much of his work. It is a fairy-tale about forbidden love. The story is set in the town of Gortoum on the River Mirwadi and is a place that probably appears more exotic than it is. Although the storyteller, whose name we are never told, uses the two lovers' letters as a thread in his story, the question is how much poetic freedom he allows himself. For, as he states at the beginning of the story, 'memory is always prepared to gloss over worn-out images and so give a wasted past life the semblance of value and to sell picturesque dried droppings as if they were gold'.

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