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Présence Francophone: Revue internationale de langue et de littérature

Abstract

A comparison of the character systems of Tahar Ben Jelloun’s The Broken Man and Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s Corruption (transmitter text) has made it possible to identify the same type of protagonist at the core of each novel. He is, in short, a mere functionary overburdened with social responsibilities, leading a cramped life and trying to live and breathe. But the portrayal of him in The Broken Man is more precise, and has greater depth. Moreover, the character systems as a whole is richer, more complex and subtle in this last novel, compared with that

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