Children of the New World by Assia Djebar
A Novel of the Algerian War (Women Writing the Middle East)

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Assia Djebar, the most distinguished woman writer to emerge from the Arab world—and a top candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature—wrote Children of the New World following her own involvement in the Algerian resistance to colonial French rule. This long-overdue first English translation coincides with the 50th anniversary of the start of the Algerian war and with the growing insurgency in Iraq and other parts of the Middle East.

Like the classic film The Battle of Algiers—enjoying renewed interest in the face of world events—Djebar’s novel sheds light on current world conflicts as it reveals a determined Arab insurgency against foreign occupation, from the inside out.

However, Djebar focuses on the experiences of women drawn into the politics of resistance. Her novel recounts the interlocking lives of women in a rural Algerian town who find themselves joined in solidarity and empower each other to engage in the fight for independence. Narrating the resistance movement from a variety of perspectives—from those of traditional wives to liberated students to political organizers—Djebar powerfully depicts the circumstances that drive oppressed communities to violence and at the same time movingly reveals the tragic costs of war.

Renowned writer and filmmaker Assia Djebar has authored several novels, including the critically lauded So Vast the Prison and Algerian White. She has won several awards for her work, including the prestigious International Neustadt Prize for Literature. Born and raised in Algeria, Djebar is currently the Silver Chair of French at New York University.

Marjolijn de Jager, PhD, is the translator of Djebar’s Algerian White and Women of Algiers in Their Apartment, which was honored by the American Literary Translators Association. She teaches at the Center for Foreign Languages and Translation at New York University.


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Internationally renowned Algerian writer Assia Djebar has won numerous literary awards, and is considered a strong candidate for the next Nobel Prize for Literature. In her 40-year writing career, Djebar has authored more than 20 books of fiction, poetry, and essay, and scripted and directed plays and films. She is now Professor of French and Francophone studies at NYU. Marjolijn de Jager teaches in the Translation Studies department at New York University. Her many award-winning translations from the French and Dutch include three works by Assia Djebar. Clarisse Zimra is Professor of Comparative Literature at Southern Illinois University and North African editor of the Norton Anthology of African Literatures.
Published October 1, 2005 by The Feminist Press at CUNY. 224 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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Foremost among them: stunningly beautiful Cherifa, who dares to shed the dull husband forced on her and choose a man she loves;

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Using the interaction of several characters over the course of a single day in a small mountain town, Djebar shows how the fight against French colonialism pitted woman against man and "brother against brother."

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The theme is relevant partly because the struggles of occupied people nowadays—whether in Palestine, Lebanon, or Iraq—raise the same issues and tensions, and partly because—independent of the strife in the Middle East—the struggle of the dispossessed against overpowering forces moves people.

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