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Inside the Battle of Algiers: Memoir of a Woman Freedom Fighter

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This gripping insider’s account chronicles how and why a young woman in 1950s Algiers joined the armed wing of Algeria’s national liberation movement to combat her country’s French occupiers. When the movement’s leaders turned to Drif and her female colleagues to conduct attacks in retaliation for French aggression against the local population, they leapt at the chance. Th ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2017 by Just World Books
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Sharon Huether
Zahra a native of Algeria lived on the wrong side of town. She and her friends learned about guns and explosives.
Zahra dressed in her finest when she left a bomb at the Milk Cafe. Being a feminist she would be less suspect.
Algeria wanted their freedom form France. Zahra was right in the middle; served as a courier. It is the story of her journey and eight year struggle; during the Battle of Algeria and her testimony to the youth.
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Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A powerful memoir, straight forward, gripping. Drif's story raises so many issues of gender, torture, the morality of colonial resistance, the immorality of colonial domination, the preservation and perpetuation of national narratives, and so much more. She brings to life the stories and personalities of some of the most important and elusive figures of the resistance movement in Algeria. She also brings to life beautiful details about the people and life within the Casbah as well as their incre ...more
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Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book gives an inside account of what it was like to be a member of the revolutionary movement fighting against well over a century of French settler colonialism in Algeria. Zohra is an upper class Algerian who found herself being one of very few Algerians in her school due to her class status. There, she meets Samia. Together they seek out FLN and join the armed struggle against the French military apparatus. I learned a lot about the cruelty of the French in Algeria, and also the resistanc ...more
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