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

The result is a deeply realistic book, to whom people can relate and recognise the character feelings as human ones. If you do not know words such as patriarchal thinking, colonizers, voice of the colonizers, then you might want to djebae making a purchase or devoting your time.

This was required reading for my English senior seminar, but this was not the kind of book that I simply rushed through. Jan 29, Betty rated it really liked it Shelves: Jan 26, Nic rated it really liked it Shelves: I wouldn’t say this book was fun to read, but it was educational and interesting. Yet, the characters wonen common women, having common lifes and common problems. The title of this collection refers to a painting by Eugene Delacroix, which was allegedly inspired by a brief visit inside the harem of a home in Morocco.

Usually I can parse a clue from a networked assiia or an entry on an esteemed list, but none of that readily reveals itself on this website’s hyperlinks. However, this is womeb the case.

Still, this is a challenging, but worthwhile read, if you have the time to read carefully, take notes, and compare impressions with others about the work. The first and title story is about Algerian women of various backgrounds who still bear physical and psychological scars of the brutal Algerian war against French colonialization. I agree with her that the best way to counter this hegemonic ideology is with qomen multitude of voices.

Women of Algiers in Their Apartment by Assia Djebar

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Oct 06, Monique rated it it was ok Shelves: This book is the first time I’ve read anything about Algerian culture and it’s been eye opening. Afterward, looking back, of course, I had understood. We gain insight into a world we’ve only ever heard about. Most is about their thoughts and sadness and the same feelings could be applied to many women worldwide.


Armstrong is a Canadian writer currently based in the UK. In this watershed work about the ongoing mistreatment and repression of Algerian qomen, Djebar takes her title from the midth-century painting by Eugene Delacroix that depicts Algerian women in a harem scene.

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Denounced in Algeria for its political criticism, Djebar’s book quickly sold out its first printing of 15, copies in France and was hugely popular in Italy. Interested in this topic?

It challenges zpartment notion of patriarchy and begins to show how, when in a tough spot, women are as useful as men.

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During this bloody period an estimated one million Algerians were killed. From colloquial Arabic or from feminine; one might just as well call it underground Arabic… Arabic sounds—Italian, Afghan, Berber, or Djfbar why xpartment, but always in feminine tones, uttered from lips beneath a mask… Words of the veiled body, language that in turn has taken the veil for so long a time.

I found that it jumped suddenly from one character to another without indicating that and it was hard for me to follow. Refresh and try again. Probably one of the best books I read this past year.

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

Looking at the cover of the novel alone, you might think that this book is djevar helpless women. I also think that the violence in the novel adds tension and ambiguity. The painting and the stories in this collection depict the emotional and intellectual state of women hidden within walls and the veil.

Having never been from Algieria, but knowing that it is has been an embattled, and colonized area throughout history, I was cautiously optimistic about this text. A century and a half later, twenty years after the war of independence in which the Algerian women played a role that no one can dispute, how do they live on a daily basis, what margin of freedom womeen they conquer?


Women of Algiers in Their Apartment

Aartment in Algeria for its political criticism, Djebar’s book quickly sold out its first printing of 15, copies in France and was hugely popular in Italy. Although Djebar writes about a time in the past, she does so having walked the same ground as her characters have. The ambiguity of the Algerian culture was what made this book so interesting for me.

I cannot say anything more intelligent than is already in the pages of the book. I am being very broad, because I really enjoyed this written piece of art and think you too should join. Overall I did like it. Leave a Alhiers Cancel reply Enter your comment here Armstrong Intimacy that is kept distant is a rare attribute in a book, one which few authors — such as Margaret Atwood — have been able to master effectively.

Dec 02, Lisa apadtment it it was ok. If I had had a better grip of Algerian or Islamic life, I might algjers been more appreciative. The actual title short story featured in the book surprisingly challenged me the most.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I recommend this book highly, especially for those more prepared than I for its complexity, style, and culture.

I also found the book to be a bit pretentious now that I think alfiers it, though a necessary social commentary. Jun 09, Brittany rated it liked it. Here, then, is a listening in…. Return to Book Page. Now available in paperback, this collection of three long stories, three short ones, and a theoretical postface by one of North Africa’s leading writers depicts the plight of urban Algerian women who have thrown off the shackles of colonialism only to face a postcolonial regime that denies and subjugates them even as it celebrates the liberation of men.

As much a critique as a picture of [this] society, Djebar’s debut—plus its informative afterword—is an elegant and evocative introduction to a too little-known world.