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Algerian White: A Narrative

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  72 ratings  ·  8 reviews
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'Hame ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 4th 2003 by Seven Stories Press (first published 1995)
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Sara Salem
Haunting book about Algeria post-independence. I couldn't help compare it to Fanon's writing about Algeria pre-independence and how the traumatic battles continued but in new forms. I love Djebar's writing style and always find her work beautiful to read.
Rob Prince
Having re-read this book and many others on Algeria, I have had my misgivings for giving it such a strong recommendation earlier. The problem with the book is not so much that the horror described - the assassinations of so many Algerian intellectuals and democrats - is not accurate. What is missing is any sense of who was behind these killings. The impression given in the book is that all this was the work of crazed Islamic fundamentalists...over the past decade however, it has become clearer t ...more
A wonderful book ! Exactly what Algeria needs, people that simply talk about what happened based on their own experiences. I really appreciated the fact that the writer came back to the years before the independence, because it is related, the Algerian history post independence finds its roots many years ago...
An incredible book about writers and poets and journalists and many more important persons during historical time of the Independence and the more recent tumultous years 80's and 90's
منى كريم
A very important book on algeria between the revolution and the civil war. Beautifully and painfully written. Greatly informative. Djebar in general is a must-read if you are interested in Berber culture, feminism, and Algerian studies. Am working on reading all her works. She is a filmmaker too.
It was very hard for me to read this book. I was in Algiers during the events taking place in the book/Algiers.
It brought back a lot of memories as well as enlightened me on many events behind the scenes that the regular citizens didn't know about..
May 28, 2007 Nora rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lit students, north africa buffs, anthropologists, poets, people living in-between languages
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Djebar's musings on the consequences of war in Algeria - friends lost, ideals shattered - are beautiful and tragic and magnificently expressed. She has powerful insights on love and language; I cried reading them.
There's just something about Assia Djebar's writing that rubs me the wrong way. Some beautiful passages and heart-breaking meditations on death, but, overall, I'm just underwhelmed.
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Assia Djebar 1 6 Mar 18, 2011 06:50AM  
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(the pen name of Fatma-Zohra Imalhayene)
أسيا جبار
Assia Djebar was born in Algeria to parents from the Berkani tribe of Dahra. She adopted the pen name Assia Djebar when her first novel, La Soif (Hunger) was published in 1957, in France where she was studying at the Sorbonne.

In 1958, she travelled to Tunis, where she worked as a reporter alongside Frantz Fanon, travelling to Algerian refugee camp
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