Le rocher de Tanios by Amin MaaloufPrix Goncourt 1993. Lhistoire de ce roman tourne autour dun personnage illustre dans tout le Moyen-Orient et dont nul ne sait sil fut reel ou legendaire : Tanios-Kichk ; et quand Amin Maalouf commence son recit, ce patronyme designe un rocher sur lequel les enfants nont pas le droit de jouer. Tanios avait, autrefois, assassine un prelat qui lui avait derobe une femme. Par la suite, Tanios avait erre en Mediterranee avant de tomber dans un piege tendu par la famille dudit prelat trente annees apres le meurtre de leur ancetre. Tanios est assassine, puis transforme en rocher dans la region des Monts-Liban... On pourrait dire que cette legende est le sujet de ce roman. Or, ce nen est que le point de depart... Le livre que lon va lire, en effet, est lenquete menee par un narrateur dont la famille a ete melee a lassassinat de Tanios-Kichk. Des lors, dans une construction romanesque savante et pleine daventures, le lecteur entreprend un grand voyage dont le theme pourrait ainsi se resumer : comment et pourquoi naissent les legendes ?
The Rock of Tanios
Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. Paulagraph May 25, As our narrator informs us, the Rock of Tanios, which sits outside his village of Kfaryabda in the Lebanese mountains, was believed for two centuries to bring bad luck, since the local villager after whom it was named was last seen sitting on it before his mysterious disappearance in the year Tanios, born to Lamia, the beauty of the village, may or may not have been the son of the local Sheikh, and Tanios' life, intimately linked to the the fate of his village, was shaped by a series of momentous events, even as the mountain was being disputed between the Egyptian, Turkish, French and English powers. Maalouf is an outstanding raconteur and the pleasure I had of reading him in the original French language can't be overstated. I read the excellent Baldassare's Odyssey almost a decade ago while on a trip to France, and based on that book alone decided that Maalouf was one of my favourite writers of all time.
He used to collect books of all kinds that nobody in the mountains showed the least interest in. They even teased him for his erudition! My heart melted just reading the poetical maxims he wrote about Tanios. Throughout pages, I had mixed feelings: joy, pain, pride, shame, pity and rage. Meanwhile I learned about the colonial past of some countries during the nineteenth century. Two centuries have passed and the story is still relevant in many Eastern societies.
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