This article is also available in: Italiano
A love story during the Tunisian Revolution, Shukri Al Mabkhout enchants and drags into a world that no longer exists.
The story features Abdel Nasser, a young student chief son of the Tunisian nobility. Its origins are Arab and Turkish and it is nicknamed “The Italian” because of its elegant features, as well as for its charm. During a student struggle Abdel Nasser met Zeina, a brilliant and charming student of philosophy, tough and independent. A strong and stubborn love immediately breaks out between the two that will push them to start their story, not to mention the turmoil of their country. The book tells their love story through the eyes of their most trusted friend. Thus allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in pre and post
A story of life
Shukri al Mabkhout with “The Italian” manages to bring us back in time and thoughts. We see Tunisia artfully portrayed with its people who will carry out a real cultural revolution, this time, however, in the negative. With the collapse of the
The love story is perfectly based on the context, giving everything an atmosphere similar to Tornatore’s “Grande Cinema Paradiso”, that melancholy air of the past and a naivety that is over and that will never come back. Strongly recommended, probably one of the best Tunisian books of our century, winner in 2015 of the International Prize for Arab Fiction.
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