The Hospital

By Ahmed Bouanani, Lara Vergnaud (translator),

Book cover of The Hospital

Book description

"When I walked through the large iron gate of the hospital, I must have still been alive..." So begins Ahmed Bouanani's arresting, hallucinatory 1989 novel The Hospital, appearing for the first time in English translation. Based on Bouanani's own experiences as a tuberculosis patient, the hospital begins to feel increasingly…

Shepherd is reader supported. When you buy books, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Why read it?

1 author picked The Hospital as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

A deeply unsettling book, The Hospital occupies those liminal spaces that lie somewhere between illness and health, memory and madness. The narrator is admitted to the hospital to receive treatment for an unspecified disease and finds that the labyrinthine corridors and wards match those of his mind. Casablanca-born author Ahmed Bouanani was confined to a hospital bed for six months after contracting tuberculosis. Part hallucinatory fever dream and part half-remembered memoir, the book is a unique blend of Moroccan history and surrealist horror.

Want books like The Hospital?

Our community of 11,000+ authors has personally recommended 100 books like The Hospital.

Browse books like The Hospital

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in Morocco, politics, and tuberculosis?

11,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about Morocco, politics, and tuberculosis.

Morocco Explore 46 books about Morocco
Politics Explore 738 books about politics
Tuberculosis Explore 25 books about tuberculosis