The Tongue's Blood Does Not Run Dry by Assia Djebar
Algerian Stories

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews


What happens when catastrophe becomes an everyday occurrence? Each of the seven stories in Assia Djebar’s The Tongue’s Blood Does Not Run Dry reaches into the void where normal and impossible realities coexist. All the stories were written in 1995 and 1996—a time when, by official accounts, some two hundred thousand Algerians were killed in Islamist assassinations and government army reprisals. Each story grew from a real conversation on the streets of Paris between the author and fellow Algerians about what was happening in their native land.
Contemporary events are joined on the page by classical themes in Arab literature, whether in the form of Berber texts sung by the women of the Mzab or the tales from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights. The Tongue’s Blood Does Not Run Dry beautifully explores the conflicting realities of the role of women in the Arab world. With renowned and unparalleled skill, Assia Djebar gives voice to her longing for a world she has put behind her.

About Assia Djebar

See more books from this Author
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 January 4, 2011 by Seven Stories Press. 224 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

Rate this book!

Add Review