The following is from ahmed bouananis novel the hospitalthis hospital feels increasingly nightmarish the living look like corpses angels appear to claim the lives of patients and eventually the entryway disappears altogether. Based on bouananis own experiences as a tuberculosis patient the hospital begins to feel increasingly like a prison or a strange nightmare the living r so begins ahmed bouananis arresting hallucinatory 1989 novel the hospital appearing for the first time in english translation. Moroccan filmmaker and writer bouananis newly translated mind bending 1990 work about secluded chronically ill patients blurs lines between history islamic folklore and nightmares. Ahmed bouanani ahmed bouanani 1938 2011 was a writer poet illustrator filmmaker and an important figure in the moroccan literary and artistic scene his novel the hospital was first published in 1990 and fell into obscurity until it was republished in france in 2012 to great critical acclaim. Incongruously amid the bleakness of the patients lives the hospital has a garden ancient oaks and profuse vegetation bouanani foregoes conventional narrative structure and instead presents his plot as a series of encounters some brutish some tender between patients
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