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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  93 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Shérazade is seventeen, Algerian, and a runaway in Paris. She searches for her true identity but is caught between worlds of Africa and Europe, her parents' and her own, colony and capital. Ultimately it is an account of possession, identity and the realities of urban life in the late twentieth century. She is pursued by Julian, the son of French-Algerians who is an ardent ...more
Paperback, 285 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Quartet Books (UK) (first published January 1st 1982)
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It's a shame that my enjoyment of this novel may be ruined by the essay I'm about to write on it.
Mina Soare
Je n'aime pas ce type de bêtise: si c'était pour décrire un squatt, une sorte de fresque Balzacienne, si c'était pour décrire des arabes de Paris, si c'était à propos de le désir de Shérazade d'être toujours libre et seule, comme un version moderne de "Carmen" de Mérimée et Bizet, si un ou plus de ceux c'étaient les cas, j'ai en toute cas trouvé l'écriture maladroite et ennuyeuse - c'est diront on, le même cas avec la mienne, mais c'est pas moi qui a la responsabilité d'avoir publié un livre.

Laila Taji
I enjoyed this book. The main character is engaging and enigmatic. Short easy to read chapters. So interesting to read about children of immigrants who feel ostracized in their own country and how they struggle with rebellion and belonging.

This was a great book, I wish I had paid more attention to it. Set in 1980s France, a dozen or so young people, runaways and revolutionaries, live as squatters in this big apartment in Paris. It was a little hard to get everyone's story straight, but it was such a well told story, a lot happening between the lines. There wasn't really a plot, just an ambling collection of vignettes, with different ideological and sociological descriptions.
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ليلى الصبار كاتبةومؤلفة جزائرية وتعيش في فرنسا تكتب باللغة الفرنسية ولدت في 19 نوفمبر 1941 في آفلو ولاية الأغواط من أب جزائري وأم فرنسية وكان أبواها مثقفان ويعملان في التدريس انتقلت إلى فرنسا وعمرها ثماني عشر سنة بعد اشتداد المعارك بين الثوار والجيش الفرنسي في الجزائر وتخرجت من جامعة السوربون قسم أدب فرنسي وهي تعمل كأستاذ محاضر الآن.

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