Women of Algiers in Their Apartment

Titre : Women of Algiers in Their Apartment
Auteur : Assia Djebar
Éditeur : Rutgers University Press
ISBN-13 : 0813918804
Libération : 1999

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Features stories celebrating the strength and dignity of Algerian women of the past and present

Women of Algiers in Their Apartment

Titre : Women of Algiers in Their Apartment
Auteur : Assia Djebar
Éditeur : University of Virginia Press
ISBN-13 : UOM:39015029248294
Libération : 1992

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Features stories celebrating the strength and dignity of Algerian women of the past and present

Children of the New World

Titre : Children of the New World
Auteur : Assia Djebar
Éditeur : The Feminist Press at CUNY
ISBN-13 : 9781558616387
Libération : 2009-05-01

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A compelling war novel, as seen by women, sheds light on the current Iraq conflict.

Algeria Cuts

Titre : Algeria Cuts
Auteur : Ranjana Khanna
Éditeur : Stanford University Press
ISBN-13 : 0804752613
Libération : 2008

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Algeria Cuts discusses the figure of woman, both under colonial rule in Algeria and within the postcolonial independent nation-state. It is an interdisciplinary project that spans fine art, film, colonial and legal policy, manifestos, prose fiction, and theoretical and philosophical texts concerning the relationship between France and Algeria. Khanna investigates gendered representation, identification, and justice, and in the process, calls into question the ways in which conventional disciplinary frameworks foreclose certain avenues of reflection while foregrounding others. Algeria Cuts seeks to understand Algeria and Algerian women as a philosophical site that facilitates an understanding of justice and the pursuit of feminism.

Algeria Cuts

Titre : Algeria Cuts
Auteur : Ranjana Khanna
Éditeur : Stanford University Press
ISBN-13 : 0804752613
Libération : 2008

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Algeria Cuts discusses the figure of woman, both under colonial rule in Algeria and within the postcolonial independent nation-state. It is an interdisciplinary project that spans fine art, film, colonial and legal policy, manifestos, prose fiction, and theoretical and philosophical texts concerning the relationship between France and Algeria. Khanna investigates gendered representation, identification, and justice, and in the process, calls into question the ways in which conventional disciplinary frameworks foreclose certain avenues of reflection while foregrounding others. Algeria Cuts seeks to understand Algeria and Algerian women as a philosophical site that facilitates an understanding of justice and the pursuit of feminism.

The Poor Man s Son

Titre : The Poor Man s Son
Auteur : Mouloud Feraoun
Éditeur : University of Virginia Press
ISBN-13 : 0813923263
Libération : 2005

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Like the autobiographical hero of this, his classic first novel, Mouloud Feraoun grew up in the rugged Kabyle region of French-controlled Algeria, where the prospects for most Muslim Berber men were limited to shepherding or emigrating to France for factory work. While Feraoun escaped such a fate by excelling in the colonial school system—as a student and, later, as a teacher at the École Normale—he remained firmly rooted in Kabyle culture. This dual perspective only enhanced his view, often brutally, of the ravages on his country by poverty, colonial rule, and a world war that descended on Algeria like a great storm. This embattled society, and Feraoun’s unique position within it, became the raw material for The Poor Man’s Son . Originally published in 1950, the novel was reissued in 1954, when its style was "fixed" to remove colloquial mannerisms and tenses. Perhaps more importantly, an entire section was omitted, significantly altering the conclusion and, indeed, the whole thrust of the book. Nonetheless, it is this version by which the book is known to this day in French. Based on the original 1950 text, this new translation is notable not only for bringing Feraoun’s classic to an English-speaking audience but also for presenting the book in its entirety for the first time in fifty years. A direct response to Albert Camus’ call for Algerians to tell the world their story, The Poor Man’s Son remains after half a century the definitive map of the Kabyle soul.

Fantasia an Algerian Cavalcade

Titre : Fantasia an Algerian Cavalcade
Auteur : Assia Djebar
Éditeur : Heinemann Educational Publishers
ISBN-13 : STANFORD:36105008904893
Libération : 1993

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In this stunning novel, Assia Djebar intertwines the history of her native Algeria with episodes from the life of a young girl in a story stretching from the French conquest in 1830 to the War of Liberation of the 1950s. The girl, growing up in the old Roman coastal town of Cherchel, sees her life in contrast to that of a neighboring French family, and yearns for more than law and tradition allow her to experience. Headstrong and passionate, she escapes from the cloistered life of her family to join her brother in the maquis' fight against French domination. Djebar's exceptional descriptive powers bring to life the experiences of girls and women caught up in the dual struggle for independence - both their own and Algeria's.

Algerian White

Titre : Algerian White
Auteur : Assia Djebar
Éditeur : Seven Stories Press
ISBN-13 : 9781609801076
Libération : 2011-01-04

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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.

The Algiers Motel Incident

Titre : The Algiers Motel Incident
Auteur : John Hersey
Éditeur : JHU Press
ISBN-13 : 0801857775
Libération : 1968

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Responding to a telephoned report of sniping, the Detroit police invaded the Algiers Motel and interrogated ten black men and two white women. By the time the interrogators left, three men had been shot to death and the others, including the women, beaten. The late Pulitzer Prize winning novelist John Hersey described the event in this book, based on months of personal investigation and detailed evidence.

So Vast the Prison

Titre : So Vast the Prison
Auteur : Assia Djebar
Éditeur : Seven Stories Press
ISBN-13 : 9781609803056
Libération : 2011-01-04

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So Vast the Prison is the double-threaded story of a modern, educated Algerian woman existing in a man's society, and, not surprisingly, living a life of contradictions. Djebar, too, tackles cross-cultural issues just by writing in French of an Arab society (the actual act of writing contrasting with the strong oral traditions of the indigenous culture), as a woman who has seen revolution in a now post-colonial country, and as an Algerian living in exile. In this new novel, Djebar brilliantly plays these contradictions against the bloody history of Carthage, a great civilization the Berbers were once compared to, and makes it both a tribute to the loss of Berber culture and a meeting-point of culture and language. As the story of one woman's experience in Algeria, it is a private tale, but one embedded in a vast history. A radically singular voice in the world of literature, Assia Djebar's work ultimately reaches beyond the particulars of Algeria to embrace, in stark yet sensuous language, the universal themes of violence, intimacy, ostracism, victimization, and exile.