The Storyteller of Marrakesh

Today’s novel revolves around mystery and fiction. “The many interruptions and digressions can test the reader’s patience, but it is the evocation of place that truly animates the novel. “, said New York Times in its review of this novel. His previous creation ‘The Gabriel Club’ was a heady intrigue set in Budapest. It was published in sixteen countries and J. M. Coetzee, a known author of South Africa, called it ‘an impressive debut, serious and passionate’. Welcoming Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya with his book ‘The Storyteller of Marrakesh’ under the Book Reviews program.

This novel is a hardcover edition and we are giving away 10 books of this interesting read. Read the excerpt below::

The appearance of the young foreign couple caught the attention of nearly everyone on the Jemaa that night. The woman’s beauty and the man’s enigmatic behaviour intrigued observers—but now no one can seem to agree on the details surrounding their disappearance.

Each year, the storyteller Hassan gathers listeners on Marrakesh’s fabled city square to share their recollections of that night in an effort to understand what happened—and to absolve his younger brother, Mustafa, who is in jail for the crime. Convinced of his brother’s innocence despite his disapproval of Mustafa’s sybaritic ways, Hassan determinedly searches for the truth. But as his listeners offer contradicting testimonies, and details transform or dissolve in the haze of memory, the couple takes on an air as enigmatic as their fate, leaving us to wonder whether Hassan is succeeding in his quest or, more disturbingly, is himself part of the mystery. From the bustling maze of the ancient medina to the expansive “desert of love” where wind and sand conspire to swallow up roaming strangers, The Storyteller of Marrakesh upends the conventions of the mystery even as it offers an inspired exploration of the nature of love and our shifting perceptions of reality.

Know the Author: Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya was born in Jamshedpur and lives in New York. He was educated in philosophy and politics at Presidency College, Calcutta, and the University of Pennsylvania.

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