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This is a book the stretched my mind against my own nuances regarding Arab culture, both historically and presently. Djebar is definitely one of my favorite authors and reading one of her works is always a treat — as is reading about the experiences another has had reading her works! My review will be in two parts: Jun 25, Jenn added it.
These stories, a few frames of reference on a journey of listening, from to Stay updated with our newsletters: Samantha I think the fact that the Algerian culture is so unknown is what adds most of the ambiguity.
But I either should not have read this in translation or it is just too Djebar’s prose is very stream-of-conscious, and even in English translation, she can be a little hard to follow and fathom. I took a ride with Djebar and wanted to see if her characters would lift the veil, if you will. How must that affect a person?
Women of Algiers in Their Apartment by Assia Djebar
I would be remiss if I did not at least open up a bit more regarding the content of this fascinating, yet fragmented story. They suffer, they love, they hurt.
Djebar, but there’s not much in here to recommend. That is to say that her words seem to float on air. Armstrong is a Canadian writer currently based in the UK.
For a long time now, the Western world has seen Arab countries as being this magical place of genies, women who are only there to be ov, they have basically placed the many countries under their own, man made, veil.
The actual title short story featured in the book surprisingly challenged me the most. Oct 12, Samantha rated it really liked it.
Women of Algiers in Their Apartment, Translated by Marjolijn de Jager, Afterword by Clarisse Zimra
djfbar Here, then, is a listening in… The first and title story is about Algerian women of various backgrounds who still bear physical and psychological scars of the brutal Algerian war against French colonialization.
Detached World, Displaced People Men and women, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters seem to have their bonds lacerated by the aftermath of war, colonialism, and oppressive Islamic law.
That’s what rereading is for, agiers if it takes a succession of such. Now available in paperback, this collection of three long stories, three short ones, and a theoretical postface by one of North Africa’s leading writers depicts alggiers plight of urban Algerian women who have thrown off the shackles of colonialism only to face a postcolonial regime that denies and subjugates them even as it celebrates the liberation of men.
Her second feature, La Zerda, won a prize at Berlin in But, really, because of views on language, the two elements are importantly connected.
In this poetic rendering of words, Djebar may lose some readers. Some write in French and some in Arabic; Djebar’s novels are all available in English translation as are more and more other francophone Magrebine novels.
She published her first four novels in France, between and Yeah, it is hard to describe how deeply her writing affected my in terms of building a connection to the people who inhabit her stories. They never really show you the violence that’s happening, but it’s alluded to often and you see the aftermaths of it through the characters perspectives.
I’d be willing to believe this is just a bad translation, if somebody were to argue in favor of Ms. I also found the book to be a bit pretentious now that I think about it, though a necessary social commentary. Dec 02, Lisa rated it it was ok.
Women of Algiers in Their Apartment | The University of Virginia Press
Yet, the characters are common women, having common algiegs and common problems. The first and title story is about Algerian women of various backgrounds who still bear physical and psychological scars of the brutal Algerian war against French colonialization.
Probably one of the best books I read this past year. My strongest memory is of one of the stories where women go to the baths. Spanning the years todkebar period when Algeria fought a bitter war of independence from France and experienced a socialist revolution, Djebar’s stories are intended to be ‘the voice of all the women they’ve kept walled in’ in Islamic society