Review: Fantasia. User Review – Ylanda Hathorne byrd – Goodreads. I read this for a class on Middle Eastern and African literature, so I may have gotten more. Week 5: Assia Djebar’s Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade. Silenced and Absent. Djebar successfully represents what was formerly silenced and absent from. Assia Djebar, Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade ().

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I think in the French, it might be significantly better than in the English translation I read.

Want to Read saving…. While it was often poetical and thoughtful, it was a tough book to read.

Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade– Assia Djebar | Traces

The French language is an integral part of this narrative because it brings out an ugly irony about colonization. An Algerian Cavalcade is one of her most famous novels for good reason; Djebar artfully addresses themes such as the written, formal language of French versus the oral traditions of Berber tribes, the colonized Algerians versus the French colonizers, self versus the other, and cultural traditions – such as women wearing veils and staying indoors- versus self expression and emancipation.

It is not a memoir or autobiography. Although the French government counted 1, Algerian lives lost in the violence, Algerian nationalists contested the figure as a gross understatement, claiming 45, dead. The Capture of the City or Love Letters.

Fantasia shares elements with all of these. This narrative from multiple viewpoints in fanhasia and space struggles with an undifferentiated mass of understanding, survival of a life cycle where freedom of streets and speech end before puberty and all else folds in on the family and other women, but also those women who have been torn like splinters from it, whether through education or the freedom struggle.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. How could a woman speak aloud, even in Arabic, unless on the threshold of extreme age? Her cries are stifled; she is unable to give voice to her grief.

Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade

By committing her experiences to the printed page, the writer removes the veils of privacy that some Algerians, particularly Islamic fundamentalists, consider necessary. References to this book Nomadic Identities: In Dialogue with Feminisms. A woman walking her daughter to school realizes that the girl will learn to write, and that writing will both expose her aasia oppression and give her the means to overcome it.

Djebar was vantasia by her father to continue her studies beyond the djevar at which most Algerian Muslim girls were withdrawn from school by their families. Once I had discovered the meaning of the words—those same words that are revealed to the unveiled body—I cut myself adrift.

Djebar and Ngugi would say yes, as would the many postcolonial literary movement to that advocated a return to writing in the Native tongue. The narrator recalls again the first love letter she received and her own letters written in French.

Transfigurations of the Maghreb: Her fusion of their story into a novel on the war as told djebra an Algerian made it distinctive. You escape Algeria momentarily for Paris, the uneasy relationship, love found between two young people there, even as they remain trapped in the webs of revolutionary fratricidal violence: However, as I read the translation Fantasia: She wants you to deploy trendy crit theory terminology to unpack her overtly symbolic and extremely self-aware meta-narrative of historical readings, elided autobiography and tiresome, italicized hinge pieces.


Djebar examines how female figures seek to challenge the sexual colonialism dwelling in a sexist culture. I ordered the second novel, A Sister to Sherehazade I get the sense that Fantasia is a story that the writer had to get out as if her life depended on it. The novelist describes her dual education: Where will this tunnel of interior silence lead? A challenging, complex read, particularly the first half set in the sdue largely to the history and many names, places, and words that I was not familiar with.

As I said, not simple to read, but well worth the journey through Djebar’s peculiar mode of expression.

She restores these bonds by assuming the multiple roles of translator, interpreter, scribe, and historian for Algerian women who had been silenced by both Algerian patriarchy and French colonialism. To confirm my suspicions, barely a few pages in, I realized I hated the reading this book. View all 4 comments. Djebar weaves a nice correspondence between this land teeming with contradictory traditions and the Muslim women, full of conflicting emotions about their lives, their bodies, and their relationships with men.

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