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Simone de Beauvoir, Margaret A. Simons, and Marybeth Timmermann

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039003

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039003.001.0001

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Preface to Mihloud

Preface to Mihloud

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(p.282) Preface to Mihloud
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Feminist Writings
Author(s):
Lillian S. Robinson
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039003.003.0044

Love—can it be strong enough to overcome clashes between civilizations and cultures? This is the question poignantly raised by this fine book written by an anonymous author.

An abyss separates the two lovers. Alan, the narrator, is a very well off and very cultured American, around fifty years old; he owns an art jewelry shop in Paris and a lovely apartment across the street. Mihloud is a young Moroccan, ignorant and poor, who shares a room in Belleville with his brother and works as a laborer. However, they have some things in common. Not only is Mihloud living far away from his own country, but his father, in repudiating his first wife, also disowned him, so he bears his mother’s name. This twofold exile is very painful to him. In the United States, Alan, who had come from Poland with his parents, also felt like an exile, and his homosexuality exacerbated his solitude. He sorrowfully calls to mind “the uprooting that homosexuality causes, the desolation that is born when you realize you are different.” He tried to become part of the “gay” world,...

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