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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 Translators Association as an ALTA Outstanding Translation of the Year Now available in paperback this collection of three long stories three short ones and a theoretical postface by o. Probably one of the best books I read this past year The stories in this are wide ranging but nearly all of them are concerned with the lives inner and otherwise of Algerian women throughout history though most are rooted in the 20th century both before and after the Algerian struggle for independence from French colonial rule The title story was probably my favorite it s a sprawling story that goes in and out of the consciousness and experiences of different women living in Algiers There s a particularly poetic passage dedicated to the women who actively participated in the struggle for independence during the revolution les porteuses de feu that I really loved The Numbers Game read this past year The stories in this are wide Tall man riding. ranging but nearly all of them are concerned with the lives inner and otherwise of Algerian women throughout history though most are The 7 Components of Transformative Organizing Theory rooted in the 20th century both before and after the Algerian struggle for independence from French colonial The Big Golden Book of Poetry rule The title story was probably my favorite it s a sprawling story that goes in and out of the consciousness and experiences of different women living in Algiers There s a particularly poetic passage dedicated to the women who actively participated in the struggle for independence during the Wild Man Creek (Virgin River, really loved

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Ne 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 uickly sold out its first print. 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 sexed they have basically placed the many countries under their own man made veil This allows for Western leaders to point to Arab countries and say Look there we treat our women so much better Those folks point to the other to make themselves look better Those who want to look deeper and think globally will turn to novels such as this to leaven truly historical ideas and replace the propaganda that is all too familiar with Arab culture Having never been from Algieria but knowing that it is has been an embattled and colonized area throughout history I was cautiously optimistic about this text This is indeed a fiction however it is not mystified Instead Assia Djebar takes the reader through a maze of areas otherwise misrepresented by the Western world To clarify this novel shares the same titled as a famous 1834 oil canvas painting titled Women of Algiers in Their Apartment by Eug ne Delacroix who was only a visitor in a home for a brief amount of time In a rare move Djebar pushes against this snap shot painting and tells the public there is than meets the eye If you have ever wanted to hear a true story or a true rendering of facts this novel is for you Although Djebar writes about a time in the past she does so having walked the same ground as her characters have Knowing that history is too hard and frankly too boring to consume at one time she offers short stories that borderline as vignettes This novel brings to light what has been put in the dark and fills your mind with the kinds of conversations that took place during those moments Looking at the cover of the novel alone you might think that this book is about helpless women However this is not the case This is a book the stretched my mind against my own nuances regarding Arab culture both historically and presently This was reuired reading for my English senior seminar but this was not the kind of book that I simply rushed through I took a ride with Djebar and wanted to see if her characters would lift the veil if you will In this poetic rendering of words Djebar may lose some readers That is to say that her words seem to float on air You have to come to this story with an open mind Hell bring your preconceived notions too I am being very broad because I really enjoyed this written piece of art and think you too should join I do not want to ruin the contents by spoiling anything I cannot say anything intelligent than is already in the pages of the book I loved the book specifically due to its power to transcend a clear language barrier to speak in the colonizers voice which causes us to think who her intended audience wasis and tell a story that without having been in a class I might not have understood I would be remiss if I did not at least open up a bit regarding the content of this fascinating yet fragmented story This book is also about love learning and war in a place that is already very conflicted for women It challenges the notion of patriarchy and begins to show how when in a tough spot women are as useful as men The narrative shows how forgetful some are of the meaningful contributions of women especially at war This is not intermediary reading I would not recommend this for anyone who thinks but does not know a thing about Arab culture If you do not know words such as patriarchal thinking colonizers voice of the colonizers then you might want to rethink making a purchase or devoting your time On the other hand if you are looking to broaden your horizon and allow fictional narrative to enter your mind and challenge your notions then this book is a great fit Reading this story knowing nothing about Arab lands helped lift a veil that was in my own mind It was covered in Western thinking and by the end of this novel my mind was awakened with knowledge and understanding Therefore Djebar s work transcended its pages and transformed into useful knowledge If you re ready for that journey then this is for you

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Ing of 15000 copies in France and was hugely popular in Italy Her stylistically innovative lyrical stories address the cloistering of women the implications 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. I think about this book a lotit is sort of weird and random that I think about this book a lot but I do


10 thoughts on “Femmes d'Alger dans leur appartement

  1. says:

    355There are books that once read prove themselves yardstick than treasure map All works are a measure of both but whether it is due to the simp

  2. says:

    Well this is a book that deals with so many issues – feminism language nationalism colonialism history and place and how all of these are inte

  3. says:

    Probably one of the best books I read this past year The stories in this are wide ranging but nearly all of them are concerned with t

  4. says:

    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 sexed they have basically placed the many countries under their own man made veil This allows for Western leaders to point to Arab countries and say “Look there we treat our women so much better” Those folks point to the “other” to make themselves look better Those who want to look deeper and think gl

  5. says:

    The title of this collection refers to a painting by Eugene Delacroix which was allegedly inspired by a brief visit inside the harem of a home in Morocco The painting and the stories in this collection depict the emotional and intellectual state of women hidden within walls and the veil It is also a collection comprised of haunting evocative

  6. says:

    In 1832 in recently conuered Algiers Delacroix broke into a harem for a few hours He brings back a masterpiece Women of Algiers in their apartment which remains a stolen glanceA century and a half later twenty years after the war of independenc

  7. says:

    I began this book because the group diversity in all its forms was reading it and I wanted to participate in the discussion about it I generally love reading novels that are based in countries throughout the world so that I can learn about those cultures Unfortunately this collection of short stories was very in

  8. says:

    The book is composed by some short medium lenght novels that focus on women in the times of Algerian independence Yet the characters are common

  9. says:

    I think about this book a lotit is sort of weird and random that I think about this book a lot but I do

  10. says:

    Read as part of my Modern Languages degree at Durham University for the module 'Introduction to Francophone Literature and Culture'

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