Children of the New World: A Novel of the Algerian War (Google eBook)

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Feminist Press at CUNY, Oct 1, 2005 - FICTION - 224 pages
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Assia Djebar, the most distinguished woman writer to emerge from the Arab world--and a top candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature--wrote "Children of the New World" following her own involvement in the Algerian resistance to colonial French rule. This long-overdue first English translation coincides with the 50th anniversary of the start of the Algerian war and with the growing insurgency in Iraq and other parts of the Middle East.

Like the classic film "The Battle of Algiers"--enjoying renewed interest in the face of world events--Djebar's novel sheds light on current world conflicts as it reveals a determined Arab insurgency against foreign occupation, from the inside out.

However, Djebar focuses on the experiences of women drawn into the politics of resistance. Her novel recounts the interlocking lives of women in a rural Algerian town who find themselves joined in solidarity and empower each other to engage in the fight for independence. Narrating the resistance movement from a variety of perspectives--from those of traditional wives to liberated students to political organizers--Djebar powerfully depicts the circumstances that drive oppressed communities to violence and at the same time movingly reveals the tragic costs of war.

Renowned writer and filmmaker Assia Djebar has authored several novels, including the critically lauded "So Vast the Prison" and "Algerian White." She has won several awards for her work, including the prestigious International Neustadt Prize for Literature. Born and raised in Algeria, Djebar is currently the Silver Chair of French at New York University.

Marjolijn de Jager, PhD, is the translator of Djebar's "Algerian White" and "Women of Algiers in Their Apartment," which was honored by the American Literary Translators Association. She teaches at the Center for Foreign Languages and Translation at New York University.


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Beautiful and poetic writing. - Goodreads
Teaching in NYC. LbW selection, thanks to Iris. - Goodreads
Fine French writer, prestigious awards. - Goodreads

Review: Children of the New World

User Review  - Lauren - Goodreads

This was very different from what I expected - more like interlinked stories about a group of women(and some men) in a small Algerian town in the early 1960s. Beautiful and poetic writing. This ... Read full review

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User Review  - Diane S. - Goodreads

Taking place in 1956, in a mountain town, during the Algerian revolution, this is a series of vignettes showing how different people, and families were affected. Their relationships harbor secrets ... Read full review



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About the author (2005)

Assia Djebar is considered as a major woman writer in Maghreb. By the time she was thirty, she had written four novels in French. In 1962, she abandoned fiction writing in French and devoted herself the teaching history at the University of Algiers. During the ensuing twelve years, she tried to tackle the problem of the transition from writing in French to writing in Arabic. She found a partial solution to this problem in the cinema with her film La Nouba des femmes du Mont Chenoua, which was awarded the Critic's Prize at the Venice Biennal 1979. In 1980 Assia published a volume of short stories dealing with the lives of contemporary urban Algerian women: Femmes d'Alger dans leur appartemen. Assia Djebar's work has been known to the English reader primarily through the translation of her first novel La Soif (1957) under the title of The Mischief. L'amour, la fantasia, translated as Fantasia: an Algerian Cavalcade was published in 1985.

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