I left without that small, sturdy donkey, who was undoubtedly named H'mar, but I know that if I return to that field in Khemis-des Zemamra years from now, I will find another brown donkey for sale with the exact same air of permanence and the exact same name.
Susan Orlean is working on a biography of the canine actor Rin Tin Tin. She is considering adding a donkey to her household. Photographer Eric Sander lives in Paris.
Editor's Note: This article has been revised to make the following correction: The Prophet Muhummad gave advise on the width of roads. It was not specified in the Koran as the earlier version of this article stated.