Vaste est la Prison

ISBN-10: 1583220674

ISBN-13: 9781583220672

Edition: 2001

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Description: As the story of one woman's experience in Algeria, So Vast the Prison is a private tale, one embedded in a vast history, one which reaches beyond the particulars of Algeria to embrace the universal themes of violence, intamacy, victimisation and exile.

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication date: 5/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 363
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.78" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

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.

Betsy Wing is a writer and translator whose fiction collection Look Out for Hydrophobia appeared in 1991. She is the translator of Western and The Origin of Man by Christine Montalbetti, as well as works by Assia Djebar, Paule Constant, and �douard Glissant.

The Silence of Writing
What is Erased in the Heart
The Siesta
The Face
Space, Darkness
The Dance
The Absence
Before, After
The Goodbye
Erased in Stone
The Slave in Tunis
The Renegade Count
The Archeologist Lord
Destruction
The Secret
The Stele and the Flames
The Deported Writer
Abalessa
A Silent Desire
"Fugitive Without Knowing it"
Arable Woman I
Of the Mother as Traveler
Arable Woman II
Of the Grandmother as a Young Bride
Arable Woman III
Of the Mother as Little Girl
Arable Woman IV
Of the Narrator in the French Night
Arable Woman v
Of the Narrator as an Adolescent
Arable Woman VI
Of Desire and its Desert
Arable Woman VII
Shadows of Separation
The Blood of Writing
Yasmina
The Blood of Writing--Final
Glossary
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