Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade

Djebar, Assia

| 1993

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In this stunning novel, Assia Djebar intertwines the history of her native Algeria with episodes from the life of a young girl in a story stretching from the French conquest in 1830 to the War of Liberation of the 1950s. The girl, growing up in the old Roman coastal town of Cherchel, sees her life in contrast to that of a neighboring French family, and yearns for more than law and tradition allow her to experience. Headstrong and passionate, she escapes from the cloistered life of her family to join her brother in the maquis' fight against French domination. Djebar's exceptional descriptive powers bring to life the experiences of girls and women caught up in the dual struggle for independence - both their own and Algeria's.

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Mycket bra bok om kolonialismens historia i Algeriet. Det är tankeväckande att påminnas on att ALLA som motsatt sig västerlandets makt kallats fanatiker och terrorister. Och man blir tveksam om väst har någonting alls att göra i fattigare länder - berättelsen från 1800talet påminner jättemycket om nyheterna idag från Mali eller Afghanistan .

Elias Chougui

2010-09-12

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Svår bok, men mycket bra.