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The Elusive Fox

Muhammad Zafzaf
Translated from the Arabic by Mbarek Sryfi and Roger Allen

Paper $18.95    |    978-0-8156-1077-9    |    2016

ebook 978-0-8156-5381-3

The first English translation of Muhammad Zafzaf’s novel of a coastal Moroccan city and its gritty underbelly.

"The Elusive Fox is an indelible portrait of a man in transit and a country in transition. Zafzaf writes without indulgence, yet with sympathy and humor, about life in the coastal town Essaouira, where locals and tourists mingle, mutually exposing their hypocrisies. A gritty, powerful novel by one of Morocco’s greatest writers."—Laila Lalami, author of The Moor’s Account

"A key novel by one of Morocco’s most important Arabic novelists. . . . Represents the neglected Arabic perspective on the characters Beat generation writers such as Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Burroughs encountered during their stay in Morocco."—Jonathan Smolin, associate professor of Arabic, Dartmouth College

"A welcome addition to the canon of works of Moroccan literature in translation."—William Hutchins, translator of Naguib Mahfouz’s Cairo Trilogy

  The Elusive Fox

  Muhammad Zafzaf (1945–2001) was one of the most prominent writers of the Maghreb. The author of dozens of novels and short stories, Zafzaf was celebrated for his innovative, modernist, and aesthetic literature rooted in the detailed daily anxieties of the ordinary Moroccan. Mbarek Sryfi is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. His translations have appeared in CELAAN, Metamorphoses, World Literature Today, and Banipal. Roger Allen is the Sascha Jane Patterson Harvie Professor Emeritus of Social Thought and Comparative Ethics, School of Arts and Sciences, and professor emeritus of Arabic and comparative literature at the University of Pennsylvania.

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