Just published – “Kef Al Ajayeb” by Bahri Rahali: The mountain of wonders!

Just published – “Kef Al Ajayeb” by Bahri Rahali: The mountain of wonders!
Just published – “Kef Al Ajayeb” by Bahri Rahali: The mountain of wonders!

An endearing book, which can be read in one go, captivates the reader with its dialectal language, full of poetry, its imposed tempo, the rhythm of the phrasing as if it were an audio book and the voice of its author, Bahri Rahali resonates in every page.

There is always something magical in the stories of Kef, an enchanting veil, a spicy touch where the everyday mixes with the marvelous, with derision… Stories kneaded with earth and clay, with dreams and fantasy, with or around very real characters but who cross time, pierce the palpable to reveal the invisible.

So many stories to tell around Kef, a city with a thousand facets, the one which commands, at its simple mention, all passions.

Bahri Rahali, actor by trade, storyteller by essence and living memory of a Kef as distant as it is intimate. His own Kef is made up of tales and songs, anecdotes and mysteries, legends and memories. Memory captures and retains, fills the gaps and constructs its own reality, and Bahri, in the role of the ferryman, gives these stories his own ingredients. “The Kef of Wonders is an endearing book, which can be read in one go, captivating the reader with its dialectal language, full of poetry, its imposed tempo, the rhythm of the phrasing as if it were an audio book. The voice and tone of Bahri Rahali accompany us in each passage and the steep alleys of upper Kef open to us like labyrinthine gaps, which crisscross in an urban fabric full of secrets, jealously hidden.

Moreover, this book—published by Ibn Arabi Éditions—of 170 pages seems to be a love story… These stories that Bahri Rahali tells about El Kef, which appear as evidence in the echo of the words and the rhythm meaning… It’s as if these stories are part of the storyteller’s biography. It’s a strange union and a peculiar vision from the author’s point of view. Prefaced by filmmaker Semir Harbaoui who writes: “The story is not a fantasy. The story is a reality experienced by the person who tells it, who knows its twists and turns. Each page of the book is, at the same time, the present and the past. The playwright Noureddine Ouerghi retains its musicality, he turns it into a poem.

A book to read aloud, the effect is immediate, wonder at the sounds, eyes that shine with the magic of the surprising and a smile that appears on the lips of the one who reads it at the same time as the one who reads it. listen.

Simple as evidence, endearing like a tune we know, tender like a memory… the Kef of wonders… pure magic of a verb that knows how to draw images.

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