The great crossing
From Tanger to Europe go the harragas. They risk their lives in rickety boats, expecting the fulfilment of their dangerous desires at the other side of the Strait of Gibraltar. Moroccan immigrants, driven by misfortune to the most desperate acts, are the main characters in the novel Hope and Other Dangerous Desires by Laila Lalami. Writer Abdelkader Benali talked with this Moroccan writer from the United States. Lalami is well-known too for her blog, and for a sharp critique of Ayaan Hirsi Ali that appeared in The Nation magazine. English spoken.