The cloth edition of Assia Djebar’s Women of Algiers in Their Apartment, her first work to be published in English, was named by the American Literary. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The cloth edition of Assia Djebar’s Women of Algiers in Their Apartment, her first work to be published in English. Assia Djebar: Women of Algiers in Their Apartment. On 25 June , Delacroix disembarks in Algiers for a short stopover. He has just spent a month in.
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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 the 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. Denounced in Algeria for its political criticism, Djebar’s book quickly sold out its first printing of 15, copies in France and was hugely popular in Italy.
Her stylistically innovative, lyrical stories address the cloistering of women, the aassia of reticence, the connection of language to oppression, and the impact of war on both women and men.
The Afterword by Clarisse Zimra includes an illuminating interview with Djebar. Algerian-born writer and filmmaker Djebar Spanning the years toa 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 aprtment in Islamic society As much a critique as a picture of [this] society, Djebar’s debut—plus its informative afterword—is an elegant and evocative introduction to a too little-known world.
A vivid and poignant picture of what goes on behind the veils imposed by Algeria’s Islamic society. Anyone into postcolonial fiction won’t find better alternatives, even on a sunny day, than reading Djebar.
Assia Djebar is also the author of several novels and a play. Her novel Fantasia, an Algerian Cavalcade won the Franco-Arab Friendship Prize and she has written and directed two feature-length films: La nouba des femmes du Mont Chenoua, which won first prize at the Venice Festival, and La zerda et les chants de l’oubli. University of Virginia Press P. Proud member of the Association of University Presses.
Skip to main content. Translated by Marjolijn de Jager and Clarisse Zimra.
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