A Tunisian Tale
By Hassouna Mosbahi
Translated by Max Weiss
The American University in Cairo Press, 2011.
“A Tunisian Tale” is a succinct and skilfully written novel that takes its readers into the darkest corners of Tunis and of the human mind. The “tale” is narrated in alternating first-person monologues by a dead mother (Najma) and a son (Alaa al-Din), who awaits his impending execution in his prison cell.