An Arab Melancholia
by Abdellah Taïa
Semiotext(e). 144 pages, $14.95
THE WRITINGS of Abdellah Taïa, who positions himself as the “first openly gay autobiographical writer” published in Morocco, clearly transgress the religious customs of his native country. An Arab Melancholia forms part of this larger project as it traces several unrequited love affairs spanning three countries on two continents.