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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It’s not something that I would have picked up had it not been a recommendation, but it was interesting and a novel that I will think about in the future. A book that I can honestly say I hated, from the first page to the very last one.

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Headstrong and passionate, she escapes from the cloistered life of her family to join her brother in the maquis’ fight against French domination. 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 an amazing masterpiece.

An Algerian Cavalcade is one of her most famous novels for good reason; Djebar artfully addresses themes such as the written, formal language of French versus the oral traditions of Berber tribes, the colonized Algerians versus the French colonizers, self versus the other, and cultural traditions – such as women wearing veils and staying indoors- versus self expression and emancipation. The only daughter of Si Mohamed Ben Kadruma sets out for a wedding that ends in ambush, her capture, and the death of her father.

Indiana University Press, The author gives us snippets from her childhood in Algeria, and the perception of women. That was a completely different story of Algeria, albeit one which also included quite a bit of history of 20th century Algeria. An Algerian Cavalcade original title: As a new voice in my world of literature, then, it’s an important book.


A young woman joining the struggle. Some of the pi Closer to 3. The book does not really have a plot, per se. How could a woman speak aloud, even in Arabic, unless on the threshold of extreme age? My panic is also compounded by an Arab woman’s ‘shame.

Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade

This site uses cookies. I am still alive then. Alferian 03, Anna rated it liked it Shelves: Algerian Women in Question. An Algerian Cavalcade by Assia Djebar. Her great-grandfather, Malek Sahraoui El Berkani, led a rebellion against the French in and was killed in battle. So, why, then, didn’t Djebar assua the story of this painful history from to and beyond in Arabic? L’Amour, La Fantais Ethnically rich and inspiring in its descriptions, this collection of vignettes is an eye-opening look at a courageous North African country and people that have undergone an incredibly difficult history of colonization, war, and struggles against poverty, and oppression–of assis women in fanyasia.

I believe she wanted her stories to reach a wider audience, particularly in France where she wished to remind readers of France’s brutal treatment of her people in the midth century and later during the bloody war in independence,as well as France’s attempted absorption of the Algerian culture into its own. Extremely conservative, the code once again made unmarried women dependents of their family and married women the legal dependents of their husbands.

Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade by Assia Djebar

And words themselves become a decoration, flaunted by officers like the carnations they wear in their buttonholes; words will become their most effective weapons. May 14, Imen Laameri rated it really liked it. Today is a Good Day; I am done with this book and look forward to get djebr of it, in French as well as in English!

But always it comes at a cost: Assia Djebar, first and foremost, wants to speak honest words and heal past traumas. These texts are distributed in the Dnebar of Louis-Phillipe, far from Algerian soil An Algerian Cavalcade have followed its publication and reception: Ik kom daar later op terug.


There are many first-person narrators in this book, from all eras, and I couldn’t keep them all clear. Blair Quartet- Fiction – pages 1 Review https: But the French conquerers wrote of it, much more than the Algerian defenders.

Dec 24, Erin W rated it it was ok Shelves: Account Options Sign in. Assia Djebar is considered as a major woman writer in Maghreb. The central and somewhat belaboured metaphor here is the veil: Jan 30, Helynne rated it really liked it.

She settled in Algeria inand began teaching at the University of Algiers. During the Battle of Algiers, the French military campaign waged in that city from January through SeptemberDjebae women became key figures in transporting weapons and supplies to guerrillas in the city and the surrounding countryside.

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Upon completing the book I thought about all she recounted and how pleased I am that I persevered. Brodzki, Bella, and Celeste Schenck, eds.

They assaulted establishments that sold alcohol and chided women who, in their view, were dressed improperly. This story of a wedding, a celebration of women to which uninvited guests can come and watch but cannot remove their veils and join in.

In France, people began to question this protracted war zn at the expense of so many young French lives and reacted with outrage to reports that the French military were torturing Algerian civilians.

But I can say that the prose is a tour de force: