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ذاكرة الجسد

(ثلاثية ذاكرة الجسد #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  23,441 ratings  ·  2,010 reviews
في حضور الوجدان تتألق معاني أحلام مستغانمي، وفي ذاكرة الجسد تتوج حضورها، حروفاً كلمات عبارات تتقاطر في حفل الغناء الروحي. موسيقاه الوطن المنبعث برغم الجراحات... مليون شهيد وثورة ومجاهد، وجزائر الثكلى بأبنائها تنبعث زوابع وعواصف الشوق والحنين في قلب خالد الرسام الذي امتشق الريشة بعد أن هوت يده التي حملت السلاح يوماً، والريشة والسلاح سيّان، كلاهما ريشة تعزف على أوتار الوطن. ...more
Paperback, ط25, 404 pages
Published 2010 by دار الآداب (first published January 1st 1993)
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Samar
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own
Read this novel couple of years ago and it's one of the finest books I've ever read..

I remember how I marked like hundreds of pages cause of the many quotes I just loved..

Ahlam Mostaghanmi has her unique writing style,in her novels it feels like it's not about the story, it's about her way of telling the story, the language she uses, the way she describes it, magical!...

I remember how she described Khaled's injury, how he felt abt his lost arm, so touching, and I remembered her description speci
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Sunny
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I have not read a book like this in a long time. It reminded me of the nostalgic elements of the kite runner which was a book that I loved. It’s about an old ex Algerian revolutionary fighter who moved to Paris and becomes an artist. There he by chance meets the daughter of one of the leaders of the revolution and falls madly in love with her but his twice her age so it’s pretty much doomed from the start. Very normal and not that original right? Well right. But what makes this novel unique ...more
Calzean
The writing is very poetic and the reflections on Algeria and Constantine over a 50 year period is fascinating. His portrait of modern Algeria where daughters are given in arranged marriages to corrupt officials because there is no other choices is particularly sad. Also sad is the general disillusionment of Arabs and what has happened after their so-called freedom.
Khaled is a former fighter in the Algerian war of liberation. He lives in Paris where he has become a famous painter. He loves his m
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عُلا الفوارس


























































ما زلت ارى ان اسلوب احلام اكبر من حجم فكره الروايات نفسها و على الرغم من الامور المتضاده في شخصيات كل من ذكر هنا الا انها اعجبتني
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Manar
Aug 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
What I love most about her novels is the way she writes. Simply, captivating! But, the problem with Ahlam as an author is the repetitions! I've read two of her novels and It's always the same story, same characters, same ending! I was bored half way through! Hence, the rating of three stars.
Mirnes Alispahić
There are bridges which we cannot burn down after crossing them, because they stay inside us, like a memory. There are countries which we live and countries which live in us, so says Khaled. The one he lives in is France, against whom he fought in order the break her chains from Algiers, which is the one living in him. His language is French, the manacle he cannot free himself after all those years while Arabic is almost forgotten. Even his mistress is French, but the France gave him everything ...more
Molly Ison
Once the protagonist was a fighter in the Algerian war for independence, but now he's an ex-pat and an artist, disgusted by the corruption in the country he left behind, obsessed with the daughter of his old commander whom he once loved as a daughter... Historical romance is a genre new to me and Algeria was a country new to me. It's hard to rate this as a book. It was hard for me to get really engrossed in the story and the prose didn't flow easily, but I'm not a big fan of romance and there mi ...more
Dina
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Straight to my 'Favorites list'.
Ahlam Mosteghanemi, you're brilliant.
Your words are intoxicating, I highlighted so many passages.
The storyline, though it went in a slow pace, your words, poems and dialogues made up for it.
I went through an emotional turmoil reading it, by the time I was finished
I was emotionally and mentally exhausted and I enjoyed every second of it.

The first novel I read by you, definitely not the last.
Nadjib Zabat
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it
in terms of language proficiency ...A Mostaghanmi is undistributed ...a multi layered trilogy that deals with some unfolded realities...reality concerning history "is it to be trusted or totally neglected" ,concerning "femininity" in our beloved society....and analysing that dusky humility in terms of agony decade....really her style and diction is an epic
Henedchoueiry
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best and most sensual Arabic books I have ever read. I read it over 9 years ago and is still stuck in my head.
MAJED
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5/5 stars. Definitely not one of my favorites,but has some merits.
Aisha Ayoosh
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poetic and very much the Arabic style of writing ( it is after all a translation of an original Algerian novel).


I think reading the book as an English reader it does come off long winded, full of cheese and ‘omg Khaled can we see some action and get to the point now my friend’ 😂 .

Knowing some of how the Arabic language works and reading it from that point of view I thought this was really a sweet book.

I think love in the Arab culture takes time to grow and nurture. To put into words all the ex
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Rami Hamze
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a masterpiece of literature!

Although i love arabic language and find it unique, i rarely read arabic novels due to bad experience. this book ignited this love again with the author's great use of language better than anything i have ever read of contemporary literature; 400 pages were music to my ears regardless of the plot/ events.

If arabic language was a wild horse, Ahlam M is the tamer, if it was a song, she is the um kulthoum.

Style:

Captivating angry, passionate, disappointed and pessimi
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Sara
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved it. i read both the arabic and english copies. the english copy was good, you can tell it was a translation. you can feel it! the translation killed the beauty of the language which was a main part of the beauty of the novel itself. i absolutely loved the arabic copy. i think i loved the language of the novel more than the novel itself. really enjoyed reading the arabic copy.
Dahlia Samy
Mar 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Thakiratu el-Djassad" is an excellent novel...It is a combination of poetry and narration in the same time...The ornements of this novel are Customs and traditions of the city of Constantine that the writer belongs to.
Wafaa
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-read
The big challenge after finnishing the book was convincing myself that those are just fictional characters and the whole story was just made by the author's imagination. So tough! they were so real it makes you depressed. 382 pages in 4 days are a miracle for a slow reader. And so was the novel.
Dalia Obeidat
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's amazing, I really like it :)
Perfect
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It is a so great book with a wonderful plot. I want to read angain... One of the best books I've ever read.
Muhammad
I have read it in Arabic
Asaria
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Bridges of Constantine... Difficult love, it is, isn't it? It has been on my radar for at least year with one unsuccessful attempt in January. As usual, wrong book, wrong mood, wrong time. Possibly if I pushed myself to get through, I would have disliked it for the same reason I give it a high rating.

It is slow, reflective book, which takes time to immerse the reader in the content. Multilayered for sure, written in the first person too. However (view spoiler)
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Lina Mouloudj
i guess this is one of the books that "aren't bad in anyways, they just aren't for me", as an algerian i thought i should be reading for ahlam, though i have already read her most famous book "الأسود يليق بك", which i received as a gift... still don't feel like i want to read more of her books, and to be honest i feel bad for saying such things on my review, i mean her writing style is perfect, her language is amazing, i find her way of choosing suitable words and phrases beyond perfect... it is ...more
Dave Carroll
Just finished reading "Memory In the Flesh" by Ahlam Mosteghanemi.

As Algeria's most important female writer, she offers an insight into this former French colony from a unique perspective as the daughter of one of the heroes of the Algerian Revolution.

As well as a different take than we would be offered by combatants on either side, her writings are a milestone as she is the first successful female novelist to write in Arabic (as my mastery of the language is virtually non-existent, I have had
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Anne Tucker
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
mmmm - beautifully written book about hopeless love, the value of being a revolutionary and the dismay when your revolution goes sour and the revolutionaries mostly end up becoming the oppressors .... it was really poetically written, harsh at times and tragic at times.
I learnt loads more about the Algerian war, the links with other Arab 'freedom movements' (which presciently anticipated aged the Arab Spring events that swept across the Mediterranean). I had never heard of Constantine, its hist
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Shumokh
Dec 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
poetical and I got lost at the beginning. it seemed like it's a diary not a novel narrating a story. I got up to half way through the first chapter and then sadly I got bored. was also surprised by the way that the book is written from a male's perspective flattering a female while the author herself is a female.
Stuart
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read and a wonderful piece of writing with profoundly moving passages. The novel is made up of of lyrical passages and descriptions. Essentially it is a vehicle for meditations from the narrater's perspective on passion for country and city, freedom and revolution, art, power and corruption, love, betrayal and hate. It is the first in a trilogy.
Ne'Hmat
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was my first novel to this writer and I loved her style and weaving of words too much to produce amazingly wonderful ideas and expressions.
Of course the events after the Algerian revolution and how the real heroes aren’t mentioned ,but the creepy creatures who know how to take advantage of the revolution are who seen and are under the lights.
Laila Taji
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This is an extremely powerful book that takes you on a journey through the Algerian revolution and beyond. All the while, there is poetry and passion in practically every sentence. - I will admit, as a story it drags at times, but at those moments, I just enjoyed the poetry until the story inevitably moved forward. 5 Stars because this is a must read for Arab fiction readers.
Claudia Prieto-Piastro
Beautifuly written, however I did not enjoyed the love story. The narrator seems to be completely obsess with a young girl, the daughter of his friend. The narration is a reflexion of the obsessive thoughts he has about her. If you are not into romantic novels, do not even look at this book.
Ahlem
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
The way that Ahlem Mostaghanmi makes you love Constantine in this book is awful. She knew how to manipulate the reader in order to make him fall in love not with characters of the story but with a holy city where the main charaters came from.
chaima belhsen
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 ⭐

I ve always heard of ahlam ( things like : she is just a rebellious fiminist bla bla bla .. ) so i ve finally read one of her books but well , this is not what i expected ,it s pretty good actually except it has some boring parts
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Ahlam Mosteghanemi (Arabic: أحلام مستغانمي ) is an Algerian author and the first female Algerian author of Arabic-language works to be translated into English.
By the time she was born, Mosteghanemi's father had already been imprisoned after the 1945 riots. When the Algerian war broke out in 1954, her family home in Tunisia became a central meeting point for resistance fighters allied to the Alge
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