Review: The Stroyteller of Marrakesh by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya

Is Truth something set in stone or something shimmery seen differently in different lights? This is the question that Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya attempts in his novel: The Storyteller of Marrakesh.

A young couple – the man an Indian, the woman a westerner – are seen walking round the Jemma on a particular day. Soon afterwards the couple disappears and a man called Mustafa is arrested for it is supposed that he murdered the couple. Now ever year, Mustafa’s brother Hasan, who is a storyteller, gathers people on Marrakesh’s fabled city-square and recollects the events of that particular day. The audience present their version of the event as they try to make sense of what ever happened on that fateful day. No body recollects either the couple, their appearance, or their disappearance in quite the same manner. So is reality only a maze of memories, distorted by time and prejudices?

This was a novel that I was dying to read and that’s why I am so disappointed after reading it.


First Line: What matters in the end is the truth.

Title: The Storyteller of Marrakesh

Author: Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya

Publication Details: Chennai: Tranquebar Press, 2011

First published: 2011

Pages: 341

Other books read of the same author: None


The book can be purchased on the net. I borrowed it from the college library. [823.09 B469S]


Submitted for the following challenges: Mystery and Suspense, New Authors, South Asian, Wishlist

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