Tahar Ben Jelloun
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Tahar Ben Jelloun
We must have our say, not through violence, aggression or fear. We must speak out calmly and forcefully. We shall only be able to enter…
We have no Arab intellectuals of international stature because we live in a state of generalized mediocrity. We are suspended in the pit without touching…
We do not have many intellectuals who can speak out for us internationally. We have no writers who are recognized, respected and loved outside the…
People must insist on the right to say no, to be alone, to stand out from the herd. Creative artists can say all this in…
Poetry is not only a set of words which are chosen to relate to each other; it is something which goes much further than that…
New ideas should confront old ideas. We must refer to the example of Europe. People have fought to make Europe what it is today. Freedom…
To lead a country, you must periodically hold a national consultation in which people representing different programmes can make a bid for power.
I have written about the dispossessed, immigrants, the condition of women who do not enjoy the same legal rights as men, the Palestinians who are…
There is a gulf between the Arab peoples and Arab intellectuals.
There are very few great poets in the world.
The intellectual, the man of thought, doubt and analysis, should give the best of himself.
My sensibility steers me toward writers who are out on their own.
My characters are driven by a passionate desire for justice. They are rebellious and incorruptible.
It is through accepting other people in our own countries that we shall come to respect our neighbours and be respected in our turn.
It is impossible to disregard such an important medium as television. We should know how to use it, learn to work in it and express…
What have we achieved since the end of the Second World War? We have allowed petty, bourgeois regimes in which everything is average, mediocre.
I read a poem every night, as others read a prayer.
I liked Sartre’s views but not his writing.
I do not use the language of my people. I can take liberties with certain themes which the Arabic language would not allow me to…
I belong to a specific category of writers, those who speak and write in a language different from that of their parents.
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