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This Blinding Absence of Light

This Blinding Absence of Light

Author(s): Tahar Ben Jelloun

Location(s): Morocco

Genre(s): Nonfiction

Era(s): 1971

In this extraordinary non-fiction novel, based on a true story, Tahar Ben Jelloun traces the experiences of Salim who, in 1971, took part in a failed coup attempt to oust King Hassan II of Morocco. With sixty others Salim was incarcerated in a secret prison complex in the Moroccan desert: he was to remain there for nearly twenty years.

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