Fantasia: an Algerian cavalcade

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Quartet, 1985 - Fiction - 227 pages
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User Review  - Ylanda Hathorne byrd - Goodreads

I read this for a class on Middle Eastern and African literature, so I may have gotten more out of it than the average reader who didn't get a professor's knowledge of the history and dynamics of Algiers at the time. Beautiful writing, too, and first-hand accounts during wartime. Read full review

Contents

PART ONE THE CAPTURE OF THE CITY
1
PART TWO THE CRIES OF THE FANTASIA
47
PART THREE VOICES FROM THE PAST
111
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About the author (1985)

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 Critics 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 dAlger dans leur appartemen. Assia Djebars 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. Lamour, la fantasia, translated as Fantasia: an Algerian Cavalcade was published in 1985.

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