At the age of twenty Mohamed Choukri takes the momentous decision to learn to read and write, and joins a children's class at the local state school in Tangier.
When not at school he hangs out in cafes, drinking and smoking kif.
Some nights he sleeps in a doss-house, but mostly he sleeps in mosques or on the street.
He befriends many 'lowlife' characters, while the cafe habitues help him with his Arabic and the local prostitutes take him home, providing some human solace.
Choukri's determination to educate himself, and his compassion for those with whom he shares his life on the streets is heartfelt and inspirational.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 164 pages
- Publisher: Saqi Books
- Publication Date: 12/04/2007
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781846590276
- EPUB from £4.79