Algerian White: A Narrative (Paperback)

Algerian White: A Narrative By Assia Djebar, David Kelley (Translated by), Marjolijn de Jager (Translated by) Cover Image
By Assia Djebar, David Kelley (Translated by), Marjolijn de Jager (Translated by)
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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.

About the Author

A beloved author, translator, and filmmaker, Assia Djebar (1936–2015) was born Fatima-Zohra Imalayen in the Algerian town of Cherchell. Her novels and poems boldly faced the challenges and struggles she knew as a feminist living under patriarchy, and as an intellectual living under colonialism and its aftermath. Djebar’s writing, marked by a regal unwillingness to compromise in the face of ethical, linguistic, and narrative complexities, attracted devoted followers around the world, and received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Venice International Critics’ Prize, the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the Yourcenar Prize, the Frankfurt Peace Prize, and a knighthood in France’s Legion of Honor. She was the first Algerian woman to be admitted to France’s prestigious École Normale Supérieure, and the first writer from the Maghreb to be admitted to the Académie Française.

Praise For…

“A hymn to friendship and the enduring power of language, [Algerian White ] is also a requiem for a nation's unfinished literature.” –Leslie Camhi, New York Times

“Assia Djebar has given weeping its words and longing its lyrics.” –William Gass

“There is not one line of theory in Algerian White. It goes much further. It whispers that time passes, but not only time, life also, life stolen by terror, a white life, of this white in which all vivid colors merge and vanish.” –Le Point

Product Details
ISBN: 9781583225165
ISBN-10: 1583225161
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication Date: February 4th, 2003
Pages: 240
Language: English