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Why Abdellah Taïa Had to Die in Order to Live

Abdellah Taïa

When a rising literary star came out in a Moroccan newspaper, his fight to change his country was just the beginning. Taïa always knew he was gay, but it took time to realize how it might be used against him. A young man in his neighborhood, Naim -- “a very beautiful name that means, after a manner, soft” -- served as a harbinger of his own likely fate.

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