Haﬁd Bouazza is a highly inﬂuential and celebrated author in the Netherlands today. In the context of contemporary Dutch literature, Bouazza’s Moroccan background still marks a divergence from the born-and-bred Dutch norm. Authors with a bi- or multicultural background are still often cast in the role of ‘exotic outsider’. Bouazza both challenges and uses this position to the full. His writing demonstrates that the perceived us-them or self-other positions are questionable ideological constructs. He undermines the concept of a uniﬁed culture and the wholeness of the self. He explores and exploits stereotypical beliefs held on both sides of the East–West divide. The result is a magical realist setting that both puzzles and enchants. This book offers a reading of Bouazza’s literary prose that responds to the interpretative opportunities offered by an author who skilfully and creatively explores his peculiar freedom in his
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2007. 252 pp.
Contents: Response to the emergence and rise of multicultural authors in the Netherlands – Analyses of the specific position
of ‘outsider’ authors focussing on concepts of (cultural) identity, home and homelessness – Analyses of Bouazza’s main literary