The Influence Peddlers Hédi Kaddour, Teresa Lavender Fagan

Series:
The Margellos World Republic of Letters
Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
24 Oct 2017
ISBN:
9780300222883
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
344 pages: 229 x 152mm

The eagerly awaited English translation of Kaddour’s award-winning novel of clashing cultures during the French colonial years

Gather together French colonialists, young nationalists eager for independence, and local Maghreb leaders in a small North African city of the 1920s. Bring a collection of brash American filmmakers and celebrities into the picture. Dangerous cultural collisions are the inevitable result in Hédi Kaddour’s best-selling novel of French colonial rule and its persisting legacy of human chaos and cultural tragedy.
 
In this commanding novel, the author plumbs the contradictions of colonialism and the impact on individual lives. With insight, humor, and a profound sense of irony he introduces Les Prépondérants—“The Preponderants,” an unofficial group of peddlers of influence who operate at every level of colonial society. American “Hollywood” values, Islamic and secular politics, French manners—none of it escapes Kaddour’s skewering wit. Filled with rich irony and wonderful characters, this is a novel that grapples forcefully with postcolonial relations in the Arabic, North African, and French worlds, while also journeying into the simmering Europe and United States of the early twentieth century.

After years of teaching French literature and translation at New York University in France, poet and novelist Hédi Kaddour now teaches creative writing at the famous “Gallimard literary workshop” in Paris. Teresa Lavender Fagan is the translator of Hédi Kaddour’s Little Grey Lies. She lives in Chicago, IL.