Najat El HACHMI

La filla estrangera

Edicions 62 / Destino, 2015

Translations

(Bulgaria, Uniscorp); (Hungary, Holnap); (Israel, Rimonim); (Portugal, Bertrand)

Awards

**Sant Joan Award**

**Ciutat de Barcelona Catalan Fiction Award**

Press

«Steeped in the beautiful minutae of her life, in the context of a woman deeply examining and assessing what role cultural identity and otherness might play in navigating some of life’s larger questions.» Trafika Europe

«Injects literature with fresh energy and proves that the new constellations that make up the geography of fiction are manifold and ever-changing.” Ponç Puigdevall, El País

«A huge leap forward from an author we can expect great things from: another international success.» Julià Guillamon, La Vanguardia

«An honest, thrilling, wonderfully written account of a journey.» Héctor Márquez, Mercurio

Synopsis

(The Foreign Daughter) A reflection upon family and the intensity of  emotional bonds that tie us to our language and culture.

A Moroccan-born girl raised in provincial Catalonia is about to become an adult. On top of the usual personal rebellion any young person goes through, she has an additional dilemma: should stay in the world of immigration or would she be able to break the bond with her mother and leave? The main character in this novel is a brilliant young woman who must chose between an arranged marriage to her cousin, or moving to Barcelona to develop her writing talents.  Her mother tongue, a variety of Berber, symbolises the difficulties of communication and the conflict of identity the protagonist experiences throughout the story, as she reflects on freedom, roots, generational differences and the complex personal, social and cultural reality her status as an immigrant imposes upon her.