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Explored issues offering incredible insight into the complex lives of poor boys who are groomed to kill themselves for a cause and commit violent acts in the name of religion Binebine portrays these young men as supremely human victims of powers much larger than themselves and like any Kafkaesue anti hero cogs in an incomprehensible and monstrous machine Starred Publishers WeeklyMoroccan painter novelist and former math teacher Binebine Welcome to Paradise writes with humor and pathos amid the novel’s grinding tragedy but never allows the narrative to veer into self pity or cheap sentimentality The book is based on the 2004 suicide bombings in Casablanca and Binebine’s unblinking eye for detail makes this a haunting tale Library Journ. 35 Horses of God is a pretty good worthwhile book and an engrossing read But I read it at the same time as some really outstanding novels and its weaknesses were shown up Especially in the company of several other titles longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award which concentrates on artistic merit and somewhat off the wall literature Horses of God whilst pretty well written it seemed almost blandly wordy and imprecise straight after Rodrigo Rey Rosa is a didactic political novel at least one encased in an involving story Based on attacks which happened in Morocco ten years ago it's narrated by the ghost of Yachine a teenage Muslim fundamentalist suicide bomber telling of his life in Moroccan slums scavenging at the tip to earn money parental thrashings and the escape of playing football and his subseuent conversion and training by men who provided him and his friends with decent jobs and a sense of purpose I think it's very important to point out how issues like poverty and cultural imperialism can influence people to become extremists but even though this is a good story and I think its message is a good one I just don't like obviously straightforwardly didactic literature Better non fiction with proper referencing The author a Moroccan writer and artist who has lived in New York and Paris has made the narrator understandable for Western readers of accessible literary fiction by changing his personality significantly Yachine explains to the reader that he has become wiser and articulate as a revenant I'm reduced to an entity that to use the language of down below I'll call consciousness that is to say the restful outcome of myriad lucid thoughts Not the dark narrow ones that dogged my brief existence but thoughts with aspects that are infinite iridescent sometimes dazzling When I was alive I wouldn't have been able to describe her as I can now I wasn't taught the words to describe the beauty of people or things the sensuality and harmony that makes them so glorious He is able to reflect on his life from the standpoint of the European cultural elite I agree that insight and articulacy are good things but this is a worse than usual case of using literature to put words into someone's mouth I can't for the life of me remember what the another book was but a review possibly on John Self's Asylum blog of a book I may even have read described how a narrative was a character's voice but enhanced these were the things they would liked to have said if only they could That seems fair enough But if writing a contemporary political novel I'm not sure it's right to make a character say things so different from what you imply they would have in life to give an angry uneducated devoutly religious teenager musings similar to a wise old man who follows liberal secular values Imposing a voice and ideas like that is I think something fairly done when overt and signposted by way of non fiction or a third person narrative Even if I do agree with the intention behind it and I carry around a similar idea that everyone has an essence that's good and kind and wise just that it may be hopelessly obscured and walled up by damage and anger and all the rest of it perhaps the book and film affect the way a few people see the politics if their audience are not simply the converted being preached to

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Les étoiles de Sidi MoumenOn May 16 2003 fourteen suicide bombers launched a series of attacks throughout Casablanca It was the deadliest attack in Morocco’s history The bombers came from the shantytowns of Sidi Moumen a poor suburb on the edge of a dump whose impoverished residents rarely if ever set foot in the cosmopolitan city at their doorstep Mahi Binebine’s novel Horses of God follows four childhood friends growing up in Sidi Moumen as they make the life changing decisions that will lead them to become Islamist martyrsThe seeds of fundamentalist martyrdom are sown in the dirt poor lives of Yachine Nabil Fuad and Ali all raised in Sidi Moumen The boys’ soccer team The Stars of Sidi Moumen is their main escape from the poverty violence and absence of ho. On May 16 2003 in Casablanca in Morocco a series of suicide bombings left behind 33 dead people along with the 12 terrorists The suicide bombers had one thing in common they came from a region of the city that was dominated by unemployment poverty and in general by lack of any prospect for the future Was this the cause of the terrorist attacksThe author explores this relationshipby creating a fictional version of the life of some of these men and their course until the brainwashing they received led them to this bloody attack At the beginning the protagonists of the story are children who grow up in conditions of absolute poverty in a violent environment that religion is not the first priority in the face of the difficulties of survival They share their time between trying to help their families financially in competition with other children in the region and their great passion for football In the beginning they are in agreement with this way of life and with the future that it reserves but as they grow up the greater is their need to escape from all this and to look for something bigger At this stage they are discovered by a fanatical Islamist who tries to convert them with religious preaching and propaganda offering them work and generally showing them a different path that ultimately leads to paradise through the supposed will of God Unfortunately in the end he succeeds in his purposeSo for the writer the relationship is immediate many young people who are stuck in shabby neighborhoods where nothing is beautiful and the future seems bleak accumulate anger and hatred for the society they live in adopting a nihilistic mentality Then comes someone and proposes them a version of Islam that can accommodate these emotions they feel having the financial capacity to support them and their families and thus end up in the hands of Islamic terrorism The writer however does not stay just there and continues to wonder why these people choose death instead of life Life has its difficulties but in the end it's good and needs just a few simple things like family relationships friendships two beautiful eyes to reveal its beauty So why in the end is death attractiveA book that puts the reader in thought about one of the biggest wounds of humanity in recent decades reveals its social causes warning that if the same situation continues with governments in most countries with Muslim majority failing to raise living standards this phenomenon will continue I believe however that in the end the author leaves an optimistic message showing us that the beauty of life can finally overcome ugliness and death You see despite the cruelty of the situations it describes it is a very beautiful written book and that is what in the end won my appreciation That's why I have to tell you to look for itΣτις 16 Μαΐου του 2003 στην Καζαμπλάνκα στο Μαρόκο μία σειρά από βομβιστικές επιθέσεις αυτοκτονίας άφησαν πίσω τους 33 νεκρούς πολίτες μαζί με τους 12 τρομοκράτες Οι βομβιστές αυτοκτονίας είχαν ένα κοινό προέρχονταν από μία περιοχή της πόλης που κυριαρχούνταν από την ανεργία την φτώχεια και γενικότερα από τη έλλειψη οποιασδήποτε προοπτικής για το μέλλον Ήταν άραγε αυτή η αιτία των τρομοκρατικών επιθέσεων;Ο συγγραφέας εξερευνά αυτή τη σχέση δημιουργώντας μία φανταστική εκδοχή της ζωής κάποιων από αυτούς τους ανθρώπους και της πορείας τους μέχρι τη στιγμή που η πλύση εγκεφάλου που δέχτηκαν τους οδήγησε σε αυτή την αιματηρή επίθεση Στο ξεκίνημα οι πρωταγωνιστές της ιστορίας είναι παιδιά που μεγαλώνουν μέσα σε συνθήκες απόλυτης φτώχειας σε ένα βίαιο περιβάλλον που η θρησκεία δεν είναι η πρώτη προτεραιότητα μπροστά στις δυσκολίες της επιβίωσης Μοιράζουν τον χρόνο τους ανάμεσα στην προσπάθεια να βοηθήσουν οικονομικά τις οικογένειές τους στον ανταγωνισμό με τα άλλα παιδιά της περιοχής και στο μεγάλο τους πάθος που είναι το ποδόσφαιρο Στην αρχή είναι συμβιβασμένοι με αυτόν τον τρόπο ζωής και με το μέλλον που τους επιφυλάσσει όσο όμως μεγαλώνουν τόσο περισσότερο μεγαλώνει η ανάγκη τους να ξεφύγουν από όλα αυτά και να αναζητήσουν κάτι μεγαλύτερο Σε αυτή τη φάση τους βρίσκει ένας φανατικός ισλαμιστής που προσπαθεί να τους προσηλυτίσει με το θρησκευτικό κήρυγμα και την προπαγάνδα προσφέροντας τους εργασία και γενικότερα δείχνοντας τους έναν διαφορετικό δρόμο που οδηγεί τελικά στον παράδεισο μέσα από το υποτιθέμενο θέλημά του Θεού Δυστυχώς στο τέλος πετυχαίνει το σκοπό τουΟπότε για τον συγγραφέα η σχέση είναι άμεση πολλοί νέοι άνθρωποι που στριμώχνονται σε άθλιες γειτονιές όπου δεν υπάρχει τίποτα όμορφο και το μέλλον φαίνεται ζοφερό συσσωρεύουν οργή και μίσος για την κοινωνία στην οποία ζουν υιοθετώντας μία μηδενιστική νοοτροπία Τότε έρχεται κάποιος και τους προτείνει μία εκδοχή του Ισλάμ που μπορεί να στεγάσει αυτά τα συναισθήματα που νιώθουν έχοντας την οικονομική δυνατότητα να στηρίξει αυτούς και τις οικογένειές τους και έτσι καταλήγουν στα χέρια της ισλαμικής τρομοκρατίας Ο συγγραφέας όμως δεν μένει εκεί και συνεχίζει να αναρωτιέται γιατί αυτοί οι άνθρωποι επιλέγουν το θάνατο από τη ζωή Η ζωή έχει τις δυσκολίες της αλλά στο τέλος είναι ωραία και αρκούν μερικά απλά πράγματα όπως οι οικογενειακές σχέσεις οι φιλίες δύο όμορφα μάτια για να μας φανερώσει την ομορφιά της Οπότε γιατί στο τέλος ο θάνατος είναι πιο ελκυστικός;Ένα βιβλίο που βάζει τον αναγνώστη σε σκέψεις για μία από τις μεγαλύτερες πληγές της ανθρωπότητας τις τελευταίες δεκαετίες φανερώνει τις κοινωνικές της αιτίες προειδοποιώντας ότι αν συνεχιστεί η ίδια κατάσταση με τις κυβερνήσεις στις περισσότερες χώρες με μουσουλμανική πλειοψηφία να αποτυγχάνουν να ανεβάσουν το βιοτικό επίπεδο αυτό το φαινόμενο θα συνεχίζεται Πιστεύω όμως ότι στο τέλος ο συγγραφέας αφήνει ένα αισιόδοξο μήνυμα δείχνοντάς μας πως η ομορφιά της ζωής μπορεί στο τέλος να νικήσει την ασχήμια και το θάνατο Βλέπετε παρά τη σκληρότητα των καταστάσεων που περιγράφει πρόκειται για ένα πολύ όμορφα γραμμένο βιβλίο και αυτό είναι που στο τέλος κέρδισε την εκτίμηση μου Για αυτό αυτό που έχω να σας πω είναι να το αναζητήσετε

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Les étoiles de Sidi Moumen Read & download à 102 õ On May 16 2003 fourteen suicide bombers launched a series of attacks throughout Casablanca It was the deadliest attack in Morocco’s history The bombers came from the shantytowns of Sidi Moumen a poor suburb on the edge of a dump whose impoverished residents rarely if ever set foPe that pervade their lives When Yachine’s older brother Hamid falls under the spell of fundamentalist leader Abu Zoubeir the attraction of a religion that offers discipline purpose and guidance to young men who have none of these things becomes too seductive to ignoreNarrated by Yachine from the afterlife Horses of God portrays the sweet innocence of childhood and friendship as well as the challenges facing those with few opportunities for a better life Binebine navigates the controversial situation with compassion creating empathy for the boys who believe they have no choice but to follow the path offered themWinner of the 2010 Prix du Roman Arabe and Prix Littéraire MamouniaThe novel provides context and perspective to often little. In an affecting picture of political powerlessness and cyclical violence Binebine dramatizes the 2003 Casablanca suicide bombings through the perspective of one of the young terrorists Boys scavenge and play football at the dump in the derelict area of Sidi Moumen “where all downward slides converge” They dub their football team ‘The Stars of Sidi Moumen’ the novel’s original – and evocative – French language title which calls up the image of Fate controlling their lives The author reveals on page 3 that the narrator Yachine is dead at the age of 18; as one of the suicide bombers he is now “reduced to an entity thatI’ll call consciousness” This ghostly figure recalls his childhood as one of 11 brothers and enumerates the events that led to their radicalizationFull review in Winter 2014 issue of Wasafiri literary magazine