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On a routine visit to Belgium to buy 20 million pounds of wheat, a Moroccan government official finds his trousers have disappeared.
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“a well-written story by an inventive writer.”
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“a masterpiece of concision and pain. . . . a literary achievement . . .”
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If you are going to read this novel, make time to do so. There is no point in starting and then going off to do something else, for when you come back you will probably have to start again.