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In short, this indicated to me that the translation was either pretty bad, or t A book that I can honestly say I hated, from the first page to the very last one. In this stunning novel, Assia Djebar intertwines the history of her native Algeria with episodes from the life djbear a young girl in a story stretching from the French conquest in to the War of Liberation of the s.

But the French conquerers wrote of it, much more than the Algerian defenders. L’Amour, La Fantais Ethnically rich and inspiring in its descriptions, this collection of vignettes is an eye-opening look at a courageous North African country and people that have undergone an incredibly difficult history of colonization, war, and struggles against poverty, and oppression–of its women in particular.

Hardcoverpages. However, in all things there are positives: The collection of stories includes accounts of the original arrival of the Wmore to Algeria’s north Mediterranean shore inand provides vivid descriptions of the atrocities of the conquest–attempted genocide of Algerian tribes who hid in caves and died when French forces set fires outside the entrances to smoke them out.

This narrative from multiple viewpoints in time and space struggles with an undifferentiated mass of understanding, survival of a life cycle where freedom of streets and speech end before puberty and all else folds in on the family and other women, but also those women who have been torn like splinters from it, whether through education or the freedom struggle.

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One thing Ls would have appreciated would have been Djebar establishing a stronger narrative through-line. Just be prepared to think.

Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade

As with the heroine of a Western romance, youthful defiance helped me break out of the circle that whispering elders traced around me and within me. I’m on the fence still with Assia Djebar. A woman walking her daughter to school realizes that the girl will learn to write, and that writing will both expose her to oppression and give her the means to overcome it.

Was it hers or someone else’s, or maybe even someone’s grandmother’s? Her second feature, La Zerda, won a prize at Berlin in And al to the title. The Algerians did NOT want to be conquered by anyone! To confirm my suspicions, barely a few pages in, I realized I hated the reading this book.

I’m impressed enough and respectful enough of her writing to be interested in reading further but I’m reserving a final opinion. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. How could a woman speak aloud, even in Arabic, unless on the threshold of extreme age?

Do I even understand it?

L’AMOUR, LA FANTASIA D’ASSIA DJEBAR : De l’autobiographie à la fiction

A woman walks alone one night in Paris. Dec 27, Nicole G. To ask other readers questions about Fantasiaplease sign up.

Where will this tunnel of interior silence lead? Feb 20, Hadrian rated it liked it Shelves: Searching for words and so dream no more, wait no longer. The author gives us snippets from her childhood in Awsia, and the perception of women. A great deal of the text has to do with the tension between native and colonizers language, and what it means to be a person straddling both. It drains off all the scoriae of the past.

The novel becomes a collection of beautiful fragments, leaving the reader to imagine what vuerra could be if it were all joined somehow. But the police were not seen to be the greatest danger After more than a century of French occupation — which ended not long ago in such butchery — a similar no-man’s land still exists between the French and the indigenous languages, between two national memories: The fact that Djebar has been inducted into the French Academy speaks volumes about the inevitable imperial co-optation at play in literary review.


An Algerian Cavalcade original title: The words and images struck me with force; each scene felt vivid and immediate.

Ik mis alleen wat, maar ik weet niet precies wat ik mis. There are also tales of tragic outcomes of later 19th-century insurrections.

L’Amour, La fantasia, Assia Djebar – Lettres & Arts

Meanwhile, European politicians want to solve a problem simply by banning a piece of cloth. An Algerian Cavalcade is not a novel, or a memoir or an oral history, though it shares characteristics with all three genres. The “I” might be Djebar herself, or at least as much as the real woman Fatima-Zohra Imalayen cares to reveal through her nom-de-plume.

What is the first chapter about? Djebar ammore her own autobiography with historical sources from the 19th century and discussions with women who remember the struggle for independence, and what came before I think in the French, it might be significantly better than in the English translation I read.

Overall Djebar reaches us, but the novel has an abstract quality that does not emotionally involve us much with any characters. Related to this discussion is the notion of a separated self, with different parts of your life lived in different languages, and the subject unable to map the two languages into the opposite sphere. May 14, Imen Laameri rated it really liked it.

I don’t know if it is because it was originally written in French always a wonder when not reading in the original languageor because I only knew a smattering of Algerian history going in, thanks to Wikipedia.