Loin de Medine (Romans, Nouvelles, Recits (Domaine Francais)) (English and French Edition)

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Loin de Médine s'ouvre sur la mort du Prophète à Médine. Se croisent alors des destins de femmes fascinantes : bédouines reines de tribus ou prophétesses inspirées, mais d'abord chefs de guerre dans une Arabie en effervescence... A Médine même, d'autres héroïnes, musulmanes cette fois et des plus célèbres : Fatima, fille du Prophète, à la fierté indomptable d'une Antigone nouvelle, sera des mois durant "celle qui dit non à Médine". A l'autre extrême, Aïcha maintenant veuve de Mohammed, la plus vénérée et la plus jeune, s'installe peu à peu dans son rôle de "diseuse de mémoire". Entre ces deux pôles, les migrantes mecquoises, les affranchies, les errantes, tout un choeur d'anonymes, rapportent dans la ferveur la chaîne des "dits" du Prophète disparu. Entrelaçant fiction et histoire, dans le style tour à tour lyrique, élégiaque de la mélopée, ou celui dépouillé de la chronique, Loin de Médine fait ressusciter des héroïnes à la fois légendaires et réelles. Ancré dans la mémoire islamique, ce nouveau roman d'Assia Djebar restitue aux femmes une liberté du corps et de la voix encore jamais nommée, avec la force et le souffle d'une épopée en prose ou d'un romancero d'inspiration arabe.

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Assia Djebar is considered as a major woman writer in Maghreb. By the time she was thirty, she had written four novels in French. In 1962, she abandoned fiction writing in French and devoted herself the teaching history at the University of Algiers. During the ensuing twelve years, she tried to tackle the problem of the transition from writing in French to writing in Arabic. She found a partial solution to this problem in the cinema with her film La Nouba des femmes du Mont Chenoua, which was awarded the Critic's Prize at the Venice Biennal 1979. In 1980 Assia published a volume of short stories dealing with the lives of contemporary urban Algerian women: Femmes d'Alger dans leur appartemen. Assia Djebar's work has been known to the English reader primarily through the translation of her first novel La Soif (1957) under the title of The Mischief. L'amour, la fantasia, translated as Fantasia: an Algerian Cavalcade was published in 1985.

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