Sister to Scheherazade

ISBN-10: 0435086227
ISBN-13: 9780435086220
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Description: Isma and Hajila are both wives of the same man, but they are not rivals. Isma - older, vibrant, passionate, emancipated - is in stark contrast to the passive, cloistered Hajila. In alternating chapters, Isma tells her own story in the first person,  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.50
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 3/15/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Isma and Hajila are both wives of the same man, but they are not rivals. Isma - older, vibrant, passionate, emancipated - is in stark contrast to the passive, cloistered Hajila. In alternating chapters, Isma tells her own story in the first person, and then Hajila's in the second person. She details how she escaped from the traditional restraints imposed upon the women of her country - and how, in making her escape, she condemns Hajila to those very restraints. When Hajila catches a glimpse of an unveiled woman, she realized that she, too, wants a life beyond the veil, and it is Isma who offers her the key to her own freedom.

One of the earliest feminist writers of modern Africa, Assia Djebar was born in 1936 into a middle-class conservative family in Algeria. She read history at the Sorbonne in Paris, and, after teaching at Tunis and Rabat universities, emigrated to France with her husband and children. A modestly successful writer, from the artistic point of view, she began advocating militant feminism even before the Algerian War of Independence. Her main concern is with the submissiveness of Arab women and the tenacity and egoism with which the men have clung to age-old male-chauvinist values. But she is sufficiently balanced in her judgments to hold the women answerable for aspects of their subjugation, by reason of inaction and self-degradation.

Every Woman's Name Is 'Wound'
Hajila Isma Out of Doors
The Bedroom Naked in the World Outdoors Veils
The Others The Other The Man Words
The Return Patios The Drama The Wound Derra
Destruction At Dawn
The Child The sister The Complaint The Kiss
The Outcast Nuptials on a Straw Mat Rest by the Wayside A Young Girl's Anger
The Swing Childhood, O Hajila!
The Sultan's Bride Looks On
The Mother The Turkish Bath On the Threshold The Lute

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