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Book Information: One-Way

One-Way (1994) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

One-Way recounts the comic, absurd, and all-too-believable adventures of Aziz Kemal, a young Frenchman raised as an Arab by Marseilles gypsies. Arrested for a crime he didn't commit, Aziz becomes the target of a government campaign to repatriate illegal immigrants and finds himself en route to Morocco, despite the fact that he isn't Moroccan. Accompanying Aziz is a touchingly naïve and neurotic "humanitarian attaché" named Jean-Pierre Schneider who drowns his personal woes in his zeal to build a new life for his charge in a land neither one has ever seen.

It is on the plane to Morocco that events take an unexpected turn, when Aziz, pressed for details of a "birthplace" that isn't his, invents the fabulous story of Irghiz, a valley paradise hidden from the world and now in danger of ruin. From this moment on, the attaché forgets his original assignment and has only one mission: to return Aziz to the Eldorado he left behind and save it from the ravages of modern progress. So begins an initiatory journey that takes Aziz, Jean-Pierre, and a disabused aristocrat named Valerie d'Armeray de Villeneuve across a desert both real and mythic, pursuing a vision of happiness as elusive as Irghiz itself.

Original title: Un aller simple
Original languages: French

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Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

Edition #1: One-Way

One-Way (2003)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Mark Polizzotti
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Manifested in:

One-Way (November 17, 2003)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Other Press
ISBN: 1590510860
Dimensions: 6.1 x 8.1 x 0.7
Pages: 152

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