What I’m Reading: Ahmed Bouanani’s THE HOSPITAL


Finished this one last week, another novella from New Directions (this time, if I’m not mistaken, translated from French by Anna Della Subin).  Here’s a link, if you’d like to buy it.

Bleak, hallucinatory, full of all sorts of squalid foulness and sacrilege. I dug it.

A couple of examples of the prose:

I was reborn, quite despite myself, in a worn down universe, amid a vanquished, humiliated humanity, resigned to an absurd destiny of flowering graves that led to an uncertain future in intolerable paradises.


How long did I wander in a panic, pursued by howls and death rattles, the cracking of vertebrae, the plop-plop of brains marinating in the celestial muck?

Posted on November 20, 2018, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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