The cloth edition of Assia Djebar’s Women of Algiers in Their Apartment, her first work to be published in English, was named by the American Literary. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The cloth edition of Assia Djebar’s Women of Algiers in Their Apartment, her first work to be published in English. Assia Djebar: Women of Algiers in Their Apartment. On 25 June , Delacroix disembarks in Algiers for a short stopover. He has just spent a month in.

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Review by Lucy A. Paperbackpages. Both algier convey how war affects women in particular ways, often differently than it affects men. Lists with This Book.

She settled in Algeria inand began teaching at the University of Algiers.

I wouldn’t say this book was fun to read, but it was educational and interesting. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Her second feature, La Zerda, won a prize at Berlin in See all 3 questions about Women of Algiers in Their Apartment…. Anyone into postcolonial fiction won’t find better alternatives, even on a sunny day, than reading Djebar.

Women of Algiers in Their Apartment by Assia Djebar

Jan 10, Priti rated it it was ok. I cannot say anything more intelligent than is already in the pages of the book.

Djebar, but there’s not much in here to recommend. AfricaAlgiersFeminism. Her novel Fantasia, an Algerian Cavalcade won the Franco-Arab Friendship Prize and she has written and directed two feature-length films: Could young men use the word?


Women of Algiers in Their Apartment, Translated by Marjolijn de Jager, Afterword by Clarisse Zimra

Can someone please explain what is ambiguous about this novel or what aspect of it makes the readers want more? Some write in French and some in Arabic; Djebar’s novels are all available in English translation as are more and more other francophone Magrebine novels. Can’t believe I read this six years ago.

That’s what rereading is for, even if it takes a succession of such. And yet with all that diversity she still manages to show how Women of Algiers in their Apartmeng refers to the compartmentalization of women and their neo-harems in a changing Algerian society.

It didn’t help that I had the most monotone lecturer of my life for this text either. Will the voices ever be heard, or the lens shattered to allow life beyond the walls of mortar, law, and heart? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Caribbean and African Studies.

Women of Algiers in Their Apartment

She talks about language elsewhere in a way that makes me think I am confused about her position on language sasia this text. I think the purpose of the novel is to remove the ambiguity surrounding the culture while demonstrating that these men and women are just like us in a way.

The Algerian fight for independence is a backdrop for her stories. Most is about their thoughts and sadness and the same feelings could be applied to many women worldwide.


We’re getting a glance inside a culture we’ve heard …more I think the fact that the Algerian culture is so unknown is what adds most of the ambiguity. A little like certain women of Algiers today, womem see them going around outside without the ancestral veil, and yet, out of fear of the new and unexpected situations, they become entangled in other veils, invisible but very noticeable ones…Me too: Unfortunately, this collection of short stories was very alhiers for me.

Those who want to look deeper and think more globally, will turn to novels such as this to leaven truly historical ideas and replace the propaganda that is all too familiar with Arab culture.

Men and women, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters seem to have their bonds lacerated by the aftermath of war, colonialism, and oppressive Islamic law.

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I took a ride with Djebar and wanted to see if her characters would lift the veil, if you will. I felt compelled to keep reading until th The ambiguity of the Algerian culture was what made this book so interesting for me. It may ttheir been an issue of the quality of t I began this book because the group diversity in all its forms was reading it and I wanted to participate in the discussion about it.