The writer, painter and sculptor Mahi Binebine, recently held a reading session of his latest novel “Rue du Pardon”, at H2 61.26 residence in Casablanca, November 23rd. It was moderated by Annie Devergnas and Selma Naguib.
Released in April 2019, “Rue du Pardon” was published jointly by Le Fennec editions in Morocco and Stock editions in France. It tells the story of Hayat, a woman who grew up in a modest neighborhood of Marrakech in a poor family she quickly left to discover life under the wing of Mamyta, a dancer “Denigrated and admired at once”, as the author presented. With this “Chikha”, Hayat discovers a new life, where dancing and singing shoulder the forbidden.
The choice of this theme by Mahi Binebine was not by accident. “I wanted to talk about this national heritage and music coming from the East and mixed with the Amazigh music that gave birth to the Aïta,” said the writer. And to continue: “I wanted to do these women justice and celebrate the joy and happiness they bring to the Moroccan population.”
Mahi Binebine, Rue du Pardon, Le Fennec editions, Casablanca.