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So Vast the Prison : A Novel by Assia Djebar EN

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
Country: Africa / Algeria flag Algeria
Description:
So Vast the Prison is the double-threaded story of a modern, educated Algerian woman existing in a man's society, and, not surprisingly, living a life of contradictions. Djebar, too, tackles cross-cultural issues just by writing in French of an Arab society (the actual act of writing contrasting with the strong oral traditions of the indigenous culture), as a woman who has seen revolution in a now post-colonial country, and as an Algerian living in exile. In this new novel, Djebar brilliantly plays these contradictions against the bloody history of Carthage, a great civilization the Berbers we... continue

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L'amour, la fantasia : roman by Assia Djebar FR

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Country: Africa / Algeria flag Algeria
Description:
Nous glissons du passé lointain au passé proche, de la troisième personne, à la première ; extraordinaire évocation du père, instituteur de français, de la mère, des cousines, des femmes cloîtrées vives et dont le cri et l'amour nous poursuivent. Assia Djebar, sans conteste la plus grande romancière du Maghreb, nous donne ici son œuvre la plus aboutie.

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Abduction by Anouar Benmalek EN

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Country: Africa / Algeria flag Algeria
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Drawn together by the tortured memory of a massacre years ago, a shared experience binds Mathieu, Tahar and Aziz, and has repercussions for Meriem and Chehra, Aziz's wife and daughter. Chehra is abducted, and the kidnapper's brutal demands and threats of violent torture turn this into a tense thriller. But how far will Aziz go to save his family?

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Nos richesses - Prix Renaudot des lycéens 2017 by Kaouther Adimi FR

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Country: Africa / Algeria flag Algeria
Description:
En 1935, Edmond Charlot a vingt ans et il rentre à Alger avec une seule idée en tête, prendre exemple sur Adrienne Monnier et sa librairie parisienne. Charlot le sait, sa vocation est de choisir, d'accoucher, de choisir de jeunes écrivains de la Méditerranée, sans distinction de langue ou de religion. Placée sous l'égide de Giono, sa minuscule librairie est baptisée Les Vraies Richesses. Et pour inaugurer son catalogue, il publie le premier texte d'un inconnu : Albert Camus. Charlot exulte, ignorant encore que vouer sa vie aux livres, c'est aussi la sacrifier aux aléas de l'infortune. Et à ceu... continue

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Children of the New World : A Novel of the Algerian War by Assia Djebar EN

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
Country: Africa / Algeria flag Algeria
Description:
A compelling war novel, as seen by women, sheds light on the current Iraq conflict.

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2084 : The End of the World by Boualem Sansal EN

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Country: Africa / Algeria flag Algeria
Description:
A tribute to George Orwell's 1984 and a cry of protest against totalitarianism of all kinds, Sansal's 2084 tells the story of a near future in which religious extremists have established an oppressive caliphate where autonomous thought is forbidden. It is the year 2084. In the kingdom of Abistan--named after the prophet Abi, earthly messenger of the god Yolah--citizens submit to a single god, demonstrating their devotion by kneeling in prayer nine times a day. Autonomous thought has been banned, remembering is forbidden, and an omnipresent surveillance system instantly informs the authorities ... continue

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An Unfinished Business by Boualem Sansal EN

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Country: Africa / Algeria flag Algeria
Description:
Rachel and Malrich are the sons of a German father and an Algerian mother. Born in a small village in the Algerian hinterland, they are sent to Paris to be educated. Rachel excels under the French education system to become a successful businessman working for a multinational, but Malrich, 15 years younger, grows up in the banlieue, drops out of school and mixes with the wrong crowd. The brothers keep a wary distance from each other until the day their parents are killed in an Islamic fundamentalist raid. When their father's personal effects reach Paris, Rachel discovers that Hans Schiller was... continue
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Vaste est la prison : roman by Assia Djebar FR

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
Country: Africa / Algeria flag Algeria
Description:
" Vaste est la prison qui m'écrase ", dit la complainte berbère qui ouvre ce roman sur l'Algérie des femmes d'hier et d'aujourd'hui. Comme dans le présent algérien s'entremêlent ici des tragédies, des passions et des mutations, celles de femmes presque toujours en mouvement : la narratrice dans le désert et le silence d'une passion amoureuse, l'aïeule qui à quatorze ans épouse un riche septuagénaire, la mère quittant le voile pour rendre visite en France à son fils prisonnier politique, et tant d'autres figures féminines peintes comme des " fugitives et ne le sachant pas ", improvisant leurs c... continue

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A General Theory of Oblivion by Jose Eduardo Agualusa EN

Rating: 4 (11 votes)
Country: Africa / Angola flag Angola
Description:
WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD 2017 A finalist for the Man Booker International Prize 2016 The brilliant new novel from the winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. On the eve of Angolan independence, Ludo bricks herself into her apartment, where she will remain for the next thirty years. She lives off vegetables and pigeons, burns her furniture and books to stay alive and keeps herself busy by writing her story on the walls of her home. The outside world slowly seeps into Ludo’s life through snippets on the radio, voices from next door, glimpses of a man fleeing his... continue

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Good morning comrades : a novel by Ondjaki EN

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
Country: Africa / Angola flag Angola
Description:
Luanda, Angola, 1990. Ndalu is a normal twelve-year old boy in an extraordinary time and place. Like his friends, he enjoys laughing at his teachers, avoiding homework and telling tall tales. But Ndalu's teachers are Cuban, his homework assignments include writing essays on the role of the workers and peasants, and the tall tales he and his friends tell are about a criminal gang called Empty Crate which specializes in attacking schools. Ndalu is mystified by the family servant, Comrade Antonio, who thinks that Angola worked better when it was a colony of Portugal, and by his Aunt Dada, who liv... continue