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Apr 10, Yomna rated it it was amazing. Throw me in jail if you want, you won’t be here long enough to keep me in it. Djebar mixes her own autobiography with historical sources from the 19th century and discussions with women who remember the struggle for independence, and what came before The one drawn by language, by the palimpsest of history Algiers has Roman ruins, Christian saints, Turkish beys I’m impressed enough and respectful enough of her writing to be interested in reading further but I’m reserving a final opinion.

L’Amour, La fantasia, Assia Djebar

No trivia or quizzes yet. But it made me very interested in the country. Both Arabic-French dictionaries she quotes ascribe this only to women, but one calls it a cry of joy, and the other a howl of despair. This language was formerly used to entomb my people; when I write it today, I feel like the messenger of old, who bore a sealed missive which might sentence him to death or to a dungeon” While it was often poetical and thoughtful, it was a tough book to read.

Nov 12, Rana rated it it was amazing. Jan 30, Helynne rated it really liked it.

I understand the need to abrogate and appropriate imperial structures but wonder if it can be less painful. 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 to the War of Liberation of the s.


Not just difficult French vocabulary but also Arabic and Berber vocabulary which weren’t familiar The book interspersed the history of the Algerian people in their fights against France, especially the invasion and the liberation war of the s and s, with personal vignettes of the author and other women who lived through these times.

Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade by Assia Djebar

This was a little hard to get into at first, but after taking my time with it and really looking at everything she was doing, it became an amazing masterpiece.

All of her writing is in French. However, as I read the translation Fantasia: Yes, in spite of the tumult of my people all around, I already hear, even before it arises and pierces the harsh sky, I head the death cry in the Fantasia.

Feb 01, Aziza rated it it was ok Shelves: The central and somewhat belaboured metaphor here is the veil: The fact that Djebar has been inducted into the French Academy speaks volumes about the inevitable imperial co-optation at play in literary review. Related to this discussion is the notion of a separated self, with different parts of your life lived in different languages, and the subject unable to map the two languages into the opposite sphere.

She speaks of this.

Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade

The book begins and ends ammore 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.

May 14, Imen Laameri rated it really liked it.

The shock of the first words blurted out: Want to Read saving…. The “I” might be Djebar herself, or at least as much as the real woman Fatima-Zohra Imalayen cares to reveal through her nom-de-plume.

L’AMOUR, LA FANTASIA D’ASSIA DJEBAR : De l’autobiographie à la fiction

I suspect that could be true for many readers. There are also tales of tragic outcomes of later 19th-century insurrections. View all 4 comments. In short, this indicated to me that the translation was either pretty bad, or that the book itself was pretty bad.


But assi it comes at a cost: Without context, it’s easy to assume a novel in French about Algeria or Morocco titled Fantasia would be some uncomfo Fantasia is a book in two parts, which alternate before one narrative takes over. She has won many prizes, and Fantasia: It is, perhaps, best described as a meditation on history Algeria’s in this casealienation and women based on sources from both the French and native sides of Algeria’s recent, tragic history, including the author’s own experiences she fought in the last rebellion that ended in Algeria’s independence.

I think in the French, it might be significantly better than in the English translation I read. Apparently, there is a second and third book in the series, but I’m not sure if those are more novel-like or much like Fantasia.

Refresh and try again. It is deeply political and concerned with identity of the woman who has been raised under French rule, This one came to me as a recommendation to follow Clarice Lispector’s short stories.

Books by Assia Djebar. The immediacy given by the feeling that the story is being told about oneself gathers the reader up into the full storm of emotion in the Algerian plight. The French language is an integral part of this narrative because it brings out an ugly irony about colonization.

Fantasia is a book in two parts, which alternate before one narrative takes over. And maybe, if she had so chosen, Assia Djebar could have given us more help in being able to follow some of the narrative. It was the literary equivalent of a Bad Trip or a root canal. But when the book moves back into the battlefield–oh, guerr boring.

The more I t This was a little hard to get into at first, but after taking my time with it and really looking at everything she was doing, it became guerrra amazing masterpiece.