Review: Fantasia. User Review – Ylanda Hathorne byrd – Goodreads. I read this for a class on Middle Eastern and African literature, so I may have gotten more. Week 5: Assia Djebar’s Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade. Silenced and Absent. Djebar successfully represents what was formerly silenced and absent from. Assia Djebar, Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade ().

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A rural woman recalls her house being torched by French soldiers during the Algerian War.

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A book that I can honestly say I hated, from the first page to the very last one. Filed under Assia Djebar. Refresh and try again.

My panic is also compounded by an Arab woman’s ‘shame. But always it acvalcade at a cost: The book begins and ends with the image Djebar had of herself as a small girl being led to a French school by her father, who had been privileged to receive an education and secure a position as a teacher at that school.

It is a participation event, as opposed to a spectacle. In the process, Djebar is forced to come to terms with her attitude towards the French language, which has simultaneously liberated her from the harem and brought her face to face with colonial injustice. The writing was clunky, flowery and convoluted; like trying to read Victorian wallpaper!

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What I took Away: Their words thrown up by such a cataclysm are for me like a comet’s tail, flashing across the sky and leaving it forever riven. But with privilege came guilt and irony. It drains off all the scoriae of the past. These early correspondents have conflicted emotions about the monstrosities of war, and are cause for self examination. But those very French words, the language of the conquerers and destroyers, are used to pass on here, in this novel, algerlan very heartfelt, most intimate emotions of the author.

But it made me very interested in the country. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Inshe travelled to Tunis, where she worked as a reporter alongside Frantz Fanon, travelling to Algerian refugee camps on the Tunisian border with the Red Cross and Crescent. In Dialogue with Feminisms. The French military sacked the city as frightened Algerians fled.

Quartet- Fiction – pages. I read this for a class on Middle Eastern and African literature, so I may have gotten more out of it than the average reader who didn’t get a professor’s knowledge of the history and dynamics of Algiers at the time.

Fantasia, an Algerian cavalcade / Assia Djebar ; translated by Dorothy S. Blair – Details – Trove

I highly recommend this. Journeys Through the French African Novel. Djebar is clearly brilliant. The French Stake in Algeria, Can be a bit confusing with the interweaving of time frames from past to more present.


The accounts of this past invasion reveal a contrario an identical nature: Her prose sometimes has the detachment of an historian, sometimes the immediacy of personal confession, sometimes the intoxication of a poet—but a normal novel this is not.

The novel interweaves three narratives: The only daughter of Asssia Mohamed Ben Kadruma sets out for a wedding that ends in ambush, her capture, and the death of her father.

The book does not really have a plot, per se. On July 5,power was transferred from the Ottomans to the French.

Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade

Unfortunately the more far-reaching elements of th Such a rich text but entirely too academic-ish for me. Instead of taking her final exams, she dantasia her first novel, La Soif ; The Mischief, which was followed by Les Impatients Download Full Text Pdf. For me, these French homes gave off a different smell, a mysterious light; for me, the French are still ‘The Others’, and I am still hypnotized by their shores. Searching for words and so dream no more, wait no longer.