Children of the New World A Novel of the Algerian War

ISBN-10: 1558615105
ISBN-13: 9781558615106
Edition: 2005
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Description: 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.  More...

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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Feminist Press at The City University of New York
Publication date: 10/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 233
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

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 Algiersin 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.

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.

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