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The Last Patriarch

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The Last Patriarch By Najat El HachmiNajat Hachmi’s “The Last Patriarch” is a moving, sometimes shocking, story that focuses on an immigrant Moroccan family living in northern Spain. The story is narrated by the unnamed daughter of the patriarch of the book’s title, Mimoun. In the first half she tells the story of Mimoun’s upbringing in a small Moroccan village, where the handsome youth was pampered by his doting mother and sisters, and continues up to his migration to Spain. His daughter makes it clear that since these tales come from her father she can’t be sure how much truth they contain but as the story develops it appears that they must have been pretty close to it. She catalogues a cycle of violence and abuse that, while not necessarily typical of the culture, was at least allowed to exist because of it.

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