Children of the New World
A Novel of the Algerian WarBook - 2005
Set in the besieged Algerian town of Blida and presenting the divergent points of view of a constellation of men and women connected to a woman killed by a bomb, it charts the rise of the resistance movement as interrogations lead to torture and relationships of all kinds are put to the severest of tests. The fight against French colonialism pitted woman against man and "brother against brother." "Overt violence is the only policy that pays off in this country," one character muses; another moves in and out of consciousness after 14 days of police torture. Emotional violence proves just as shocking as physical brutality, as when 29-year-old Cherifa must overcome Islamic tradition in order to protect her husband, Youssef, from their neighbor, the policeman Hakim. But as Hakim conducts his investigation into Youssef's participation in a "secret organization," he starts to question the way his job has alienated him from the Arab community and from his wife.
Publisher: New York : Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 2005
ISBN: 1558615113 (cloth)
Branch Call Number: FIC DJEBAR
Characteristics: 233 p. ; 22 cm