To Be Oneself: The Tragicomedy of an Unfinished Life History, Volume 1

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AuthorHouse, May 13, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 688 pages

This autobiography gives a detailed account of his childhood in a primitive society and the conditions prevailing during the Franco-Algerian conflict and its aftermath. The book describes his search for a place to settle and his quest to find a niche in society and his chosen profession, tracing his philosophical and psychological course through life. It portrays life in the Muslim community in the USA, the author's relationships with people of all walks of life and origins, and his teaching experiences in an international, multicultural context.

Widely read in world philosophy and religions, and psychology, Abdallah Nacereddine provides a penetrating insight into human nature the world over, with the accounts of his experiences from philosophical and psychological points of view and his comments on the international events in which he was caught up.

His life history is sometimes sad, often funny, but, above all, thought provoking.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 Krima Kabylia Algeria
1
CHAPTER 2 Bougaa exLafayette Algeria
66
CHAPTER 3 Constantine Algeria
138
CHAPTER 4 Paris France 1
170
CHAPTER 5 Bonn Germany
200
CHAPTER 6 Rome Italy
204
CHAPTER 7 Tunis Tunisia
207
CHAPTER 8 The Algerian National Liberation Army ALN
216
CHAPTER 17 Geneva Switzerland 1
379
CHAPTER 18 New York USA 1
450
CHAPTER 19 Atlantic City NJ USA
502
CHAPTER 20 Tokyo Japan 1
510
CHAPTER 21 Hong Kong
539
CHAPTER 22 Bangkok Thailand
544
CHAPTER 23 New Delhi India
553
CHAPTER 24 Karachi Pakistan
558

CHAPTER 9 East Berlin German Democratic Republic
274
CHAPTER 10 Athens Greece
281
CHAPTER 11 Belgrade Yugoslavia
287
CHAPTER 12 Algiers Algeria
296
CHAPTER 13 Paris France 2
306
CHAPTER 14 Essen Germany
326
CHAPTER 15 Frankfurt Germany
331
CHAPTER 16 Cairo Egypt
338
CHAPTER 25 New York USA 2
564
CHAPTER 26 Dearborn MI USA
585
CHAPTER 27 Tokyo Japan 2
595
CHAPTER 28 Los Angeles CA USA 1
603
CHAPTER 29 A Flying Visit to Algeria
635
Index
651
Back Cover
669
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About the author (2008)

Born in the remote mountains of Algeria, the author, Abdallah Nacereddine, knew only a regional dialect of Berber until he was thirteen, although he learned the Koran by heart in Arabic. He left home to attend French primary school in the nearest village and subsequently studied Arabic and Islamic jurisprudence in the city of Constantine. After the Algerian War of Independence, during which he was drafted into the Algerian National Liberation Army, he left first for Europe - Germany, Greece, France, and Switzerland - and Egypt, and then for the United States, where he taught himself English. Adopting the world as his homeland, he embarked on years of travel in Asia, especially in Japan, and the Middle East. He finally settled in Switzerland, where he taught Arabic at the United Nations in Geneva for over twenty years.

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