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Leïla Sebbar

The Vagabond

[Cover of Le vagabond, Éditions bleu autour, 2007]

They saw him arrive one summer evening. It was hot, very hot. Man and beast seemed to sleep in the shade of the walls. Wrapped from head to toe, barely able to open an eye, they seemed forever petrified into statues, turned in on themselves, alone in the silence of the high plains.  No one suspected, nothing about them suggested they were men except their shape obvious beneath the folds of fabric.  It was the color of the earth in which they had worked in the ...

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Leïla Sebbar is an acclaimed Franco-Algerian writer, born in colonial Algeria, subsequently living in France. More on her life and work can be found here