Apologies for mailing this out twice; it went out before it was ready: By Nadia Ghanem On February 28, young Algerian novelist Anouar Rahmani narrated on his Facebook wall how he had been summoned by police the day before to answer… Read More ›
Algerian novelist Said Khatibi’s Kitab al-khataya is not the story of Algeria’s black decade, or of Islamist fighters, or of star-crossed love. Instead, it’s a book that begins on a crowded bus with a tampon emergency.
“Tamalt was taken to intensive care following a hunger strike that lasted more than sixty days. “
“Algerian fiction is better known, in Algeria and beyond, for its narratives of tragedies directly related to war, through which seeps the undiluted memory of ruthless violence. Underground, however, a magnificent layer lies, one that is deeply connected to an ancestral oral literary tradition, to its animals, its magic realism and delicious wit.”
In the tradition of Assia Djebar’s Fantasia, Algerian author-scholar Nadia Ghanem has a discussion with the anonymous unaccompanied Englishwoman who wrote Through Algeria.
“Our interest for African literature does not boil down to buying book rights so we can reedit them in Algeria. We are trying to contribute to the autonomy of the African literary field.”
“She is one of the strongest women’s voices of Algerian literature on matters of women’s rights and who openly discussed issues of rape and violence against of women.”
“[Y]ou cannot be neutral towards this novel.”
“[I]n order for Tamazight culture to move forward, we must produce. I hope that our culture will finally take its rightful place in a universal context.”
“State publishing, as with every other state sector, entered a serious crisis.”
“alas you the clerics who chant
you who are well considered
can’t you see that our religion is up for sale”
While sex, drugs and pizzas have been stable story elements in Algerian novels over the past decade (for pizzas, read Chawki Amari), a prominent place given to smoking seems relatively new to me in our fiction as far as my… Read More ›