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Algerian Childhood

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This unique anthology probes deeply into the diverse experiences of French and native Algerian, male and female, rich and poor, Muslim, Jewish, and Christian people who, through their writing, congregate here to recount personal tales of growing up in this region in North Africa, experiences that bind them as humans. Through literature, Sebbar deftly cultivates an imaginar ...more
Hardcover, 225 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Ruminator Books (first published March 13th 1997)
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Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I said the moment I finished reading this book I thought "ce livre c'est une pépite". This book is a treasure. I thought I wouldn't identify to any of the authors because they mostly describe their childhood before the independence and I was born in the 90ies. But I had it ALL WRONG! I couldn't identify more actually. I found something that reminded me of my Algerian childhood in each story. That's the beauty of these stories. mine was a whole different times, it was years later but I still h ...more
Sep 29, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a collection of 16 short stories, all translated from the original French, and written mostly by native Algerians who grew up in their country, but later resided and became respected writers in France. “Friendship among people divided by religious, colonial and class structure is one of the enduring theme of Sebbar’s works,” Anne Donadey states in the book’s preface. Sebbar edited this collection that definitely provides a cross-section of these conflicts in her country. Her own short st ...more
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Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Read this book as part of a reading around the world I am doing with my sister. The first book we chose was a little too much, so we found this one as a second choice. I learned a lot about Algeria from the book, and the stories were varied enough to be interesting and informative.
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Leïla Sebbar is an Algerian author, the daughter of a French mother and an Algerian father. She spent her youth in colonial Algeria but now lives in Paris and writes in French. She writes about the relationship between France and Algeria and often juxtaposes the imagery of both countries to show the difference in cultures between the two.

Sebbar deals with a variety of topics, and either adopts a p
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