Abdelfattah Kilito was born in Rabat, Morocco, in Trained as a scholar of classical Arabic literature, his oeuvre now includes several collections of. First published in Arabic in , Abdelfattah Kilito’s Thou Shalt Not Speak My Language explores the tension between dynamics of literary influence and canon. Abdelfattah Kilito. 6K likes. Ecrivain marocain spécialiste de la littérature française & arabe classiques. Professeur à la faculté, il a aussi.

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Yet this slender collection is a small treasure for how it resonates beyond the most obvious borders of its form.

Over the course of thirteen stories we become intimately involved in the life of Abdallah, a young boy growing up in urban Morocco amid an extended family. Kilito offers glimpses of this family as the stories unfold—father and grandfather, both of whom ineffectually resist and then allow Abdallah access to the seductions of Western culture that so charm him; the mother and grandmother, his ever staunch allies and supporters.

But this is not the story of a child so much as of a man: She would stand all day behind her door, hijacking passing women and children long enough to extract from them the intimate news of their lives and homes. Only with the final story of the collection, however, when Abdallah as a middle-aged man returns to his childhood home and recalls the wife of R, do we know for certain that the first story had been through his eyes too.


By contrast, in most of the stories Abdallah is a palpable presence, a child suffering through the abuses of the msid, attending the wake of his grandfather, learning to decipher comics and illustrated adventure books, enduring hunger at summer camp—that is, going through the rites of passage so common to the life of children all over the world.

The plotlines in Clash of Images are simple, yet all of them hold deep and sophisticated peregrinations into the nature of language, story, and image. As she stands at the stove making soup a sparrow hops into the kitchen.

What makes this story so riveting is its accurate and tender portrayal of the situation and its characters, as well as an intense analysis of the nature of stories that serves as a secondary line of development. One begins by weeping over their absence, by speaking to them, apostrophizing them, even scolding them for having abandoned their relatives to so much grief.

Abdelfattah Kilito (Author of لن تتكلم لغتي)

So, little abdelfagtah little, a novel is built out of many voices, a hagiography composed of anecdotes, witticisms, character traits, a long list of virtues, good deeds, and unsuspected talents that no one would think of disputing. Piously arranged, the novel keeps evolving as long as it continues to be transmitted.


Kilito extends this meditation for nearly two pages. I once was Pia! Abdallah iklito finally able to access these illustrated adventures by way of comic books.

We have translator and Paris Review poetry editor Robyn Creswell to thank for making this collection available to us in English. I loved the Proustian rhythms of the sentences, its vacillation between story and analysis, and its portrait of abdelffattah child as reader.

The Clash of Images by Abdelfattah Kilito | Quarterly Conversation

In sharing the vitality of myriad interconnected forms of expression, it becomes a book to re-read and share. Her stories, poems, and essays have been published in a number of literary magazines.

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