Above All, Don't Look Back

ISBN-10: 0813928443

ISBN-13: 9780813928449

Edition: 2009

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Above All, Don't Look Backfollows the path of a young woman--Amina--as she makes her way through a city, alife, and a sense of self that have been ravaged by an earthquake. In this powerfulnovel, inspired by a devastating earthquake in northern Algeria in 2003, theacclaimed Algerian writer Maïssa Bey skillfully interweaves descriptions of theearthquake with descriptions of Amina's family, culture, and country and her placewithin them. She leaves the reader to wonder whether Amina is fleeing the earthquakeor something much more complex.Through prose thatmarries form and content, Bey shows the full breadth of her talent. She goes beyondstraightforward journalistic narrative to represent the inner experience of a victimof a natural disaster. The novel's nonlinear structure and deliberate incoherenceplunge the reader into a state of disorientation that will especially resonate forsurvivors of other natural disasters worldwide.In linking a particular place,context, and event to themes of identity, family, and the relation of the individualto the group and of religion to society, Above All, Don't LookBack explores psychological and social issues of universalrelevance.CARAF: Caribbean andAfrican Literature Translated from the French
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List price: $22.50
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University Press of Virginia
Publication date: 8/13/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Le�la Sebbar is one of the French-speaking world's most important writers. Her novels include Sh�razade, Marguerite, La jeune fille au balcon, and Soldats. She was born in Algeria and lives in Paris, France.Mildred Mortimer is Professor of French at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She has translated Le�la Sebbar's Le Silence des Rives/Silence on the Shores and has written several works on North African literature, including Maghrebian Mosaic: A Literature in Transition and Journeys through the French African Novel. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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