An Odyssey in Blue
By Joseph M. Labaki
Dr. Joseph M. Labaki was born in the Rif region of Morocco in the final days of Spanish rule. Determined to escaped a preordained future of shepherding and forge a new path, Joseph's precarious quest for education led him first across the country, and then across a continent.
Joseph holds Ph.D.'s in phenomenology from the Universities of Louvain and Southampton and a B.D. from the University of Edinburgh. He has undertaken research at the University of Cambridge, written articles and held the post of Professor du Chair at the University of Rabat. His first book, Inconscient et Sexualite, was in the field of phenomenology. A Riffian's Tune is his second book and first novel.
He now lives in Edinburgh with his wife and two daughters where he continues to write, teach and research in the field of phenomenology.
'This is a remarkable book. Transporting us to unseen cultures and forgotten times, An Odyssey in Blue chronicles a young man's journey through life with honesty, wit and colour; from the bustling streets of post-colonial Marrakesh to Brussels in the summer of love, each step is vividly woven together with alluring subtlety and skill. Labaki writes like a poet. With deceptive simplicity, he challenges the ordinary conventions of storytelling, weaving together the beauty and mystery of the ordinary made extraordinary. At times both whimsical and philosophical, An Odyssey in Blue reads on some level like a novel of ideas, a novel of hope and above all, a novel of life. An outstanding achievement.' - Reader Review from Amazon
In post-colonial Morocco, among the fragile embers of a newly fledged nation, one shepherd boy from the mountains managed to obtain the unthinkable – an education. Now Europe, along with the opportunity to continue his path of learning, beckons Jusef bewitchingly from across the water.
So begins a colourful journey of intertwining possibilities and unforgettable encounters as Jusef forges his path in a land far removed from the cultures and traditions of his past.
But in a continent engrossed in a new, cultural awakening, Jusef finds himself embarking on an awakening of his own: a transformational quest of perseverance, courage and identity that challenges everything he once knew, for expanses and horizons as yet unspoken. Jusef’s story is a testament to the extraordinary path the journey of life can take when one dares to hope, showing above all, that some dreams are worth chasing – even if doing so does prove to be An Odyssey in Blue.
Additional Information :
Independently Published 2018 (Clunett Press)
ISBN: 9780992648435 - 228 pages - Paperback
World Rights Available (Incl. World English)