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Algerian White

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In Algerian White, Assia Djebar weaves a tapestry of the epic and bloody ongoing struggle in her country between Islamic fundamentalism and the post-colonial civil society. Many Algerian writers and intellectuals have died tragically and violently since the 1956 struggle for independence. They include three beloved friends of Djebar: Mahfoud Boucebi, a psychiatrist; M'Hamed Boukhobza, a sociologist; and Abdelkader Alloula, a dramatist; as well as Albert Camus. In Algerian White, Djebar finds a way to meld the personal and the political by describing in intimate detail the final days and hours of these and other Algerian men and women, many of whom were murdered merely because they were teachers, or writers, or students. Yet, for Djebar, they cannot be silenced. They continue to tell stories, smile, and endure through her defiant pen. Both fiction and memoir, Algerian White describes with unerring accuracy the lives and deaths of those whose contributions were cut short, and then probes even deeper into the meaning of friendship through imagined conversations and ghostly visitations.

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Describes the effect of the ongoing struggle in Algeria between Islamic fundamentalism and the post-colonial civil society, on its writers and intellectuals. Translated by Marjolijn de Jager and David Kelly.

Synopsis:

In Algerian White, Assia Djebar gives a chilling firsthand account of religious extremism and intellectual persecution in her native Algeria. She recounts the lives of three of her friends a psychiatrist, a sociologist, and a playwright who were killed in the aftermath of the 1956 struggle for independence. But Djebar will not allow her friends to be silenced. Her powerful memoir grows from conversations remembered and imagined with these fallen comrades and reflects on the horrors of war and exile. This is a chilling first-hand account of the religious extremism and intellectual persecution that plagues the authors homeland. A hymn to friendship and the enduring power of language, ... also a requiem for a nations unfinished literature. The New York Times

About the Author

Assia Djebar, novelist, scholar, poet, and filmaker, was elected to the Académie Française in 2005, won Germany's Le Prix de la Paix in 2000, and the Neustadt Prize for Contributions to World Literature in 1996. She is a Silver Professor of Francophone literature and civilization at NYU.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781583225165
Translator:
Djebar, Assia
Translator:
de Jager, Marjolijn
Translator:
Kelley, David
Author:
Djebar, Assia
Author:
Kelley, David
Author:
Jager, Marjolijn de
Author:
de Jager, Marjolijn
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Literary
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20030231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.000 x 00 in

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Literary
Biography » Women
History and Social Science » Africa » Algeria
History and Social Science » World History » General

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Product details 240 pages Seven Stories Press - English 9781583225165 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Describes the effect of the ongoing struggle in Algeria between Islamic fundamentalism and the post-colonial civil society, on its writers and intellectuals. Translated by Marjolijn de Jager and David Kelly.
"Synopsis" by , In Algerian White, Assia Djebar gives a chilling firsthand account of religious extremism and intellectual persecution in her native Algeria. She recounts the lives of three of her friends a psychiatrist, a sociologist, and a playwright who were killed in the aftermath of the 1956 struggle for independence. But Djebar will not allow her friends to be silenced. Her powerful memoir grows from conversations remembered and imagined with these fallen comrades and reflects on the horrors of war and exile. This is a chilling first-hand account of the religious extremism and intellectual persecution that plagues the authors homeland. A hymn to friendship and the enduring power of language, ... also a requiem for a nations unfinished literature. The New York Times
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