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The Deaf-Mute Boy
by Joseph Geraci
University of Wisconsin Press, 2006
Paper: 978-0-299-21894-2 | eISBN: 978-0-299-21893-5
Library of Congress Classification PS3607.E725D43 2006
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.6

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
The Deaf-Mute Boy—equal parts travel story, love story, and a resonant confrontation with the Muslim world—is the tale of a gay American professor immersed in a North African society. Maurice Burke, an archaeologist, is invited to speak at a conference in the bustling port town of Sousse, Tunisia. At first disillusioned by its rampant tourism and squalid commercialism, Maurice becomes intrigued by his surroundings after meeting a local deaf-mute boy. While exploring a vibrant souk, Maurice encounters a religious leader who guides him on a fateful introduction to the boy’s family. As Maurice’s involvement with the deaf-mute boy intensifies, he finds himself drawn into a maze of Tunisian politics, culture, and religion.

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