Memory in the Flesh

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"This novel, the first to be written by an Algerian woman in Arabic, is concerned with Algeria's struggle against foreign domination as well as its post-independence struggle with itself and the fate of revolutionary ideals in a post-revolutionary society." The story, spanning more than four decades of Algerian history, from the 1940s to the 1980s, revolves around a love affair between Khaled, the middle-aged militant who turns to painting after losing his left arm in the struggle, and the fiction writer and young daughter of his friend the
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"This novel, the first to be written by an Algerian woman in Arabic, is concerned with Algeria's struggle against foreign domination as well as its post-independence struggle with itself and the fate of revolutionary ideals in a post-revolutionary society." The story, spanning more than four decades of Algerian history, from the 1940s to the 1980s, revolves around a love affair between Khaled, the middle-aged militant who turns to painting after losing his left arm in the struggle, and the fiction writer and young daughter of his friend the freedom fighter Si Taher, all brilliantly told through Khaled's voice.
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  • ISBN-13: 9789774247347
  • Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/15/2003
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Ahlam Mosteghanemi received her B.A. in Arabic literature from the University of Algiers in 1973, and was awarded a doctorate in sociology from the Sorbonne in 1982. She is the author of Memory in the Flesh (AUC Press, 1999), which was awarded the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2003

    If any book deserves a 6 ...

    This book has won the Naguib Mahfouz prize for Arabic literature, but in my opinion far surpasses any of Naguib Mahfouz¿s works. I predict in fact that if the Nobel prize committee ever overcome their biases and decide to grant the Nobel prize to an Arab woman, Ahlam Mustaghanmi will be the one. This book (and its sequel Confusion of the Senses) is this good! This is a novel, and a love story, a long prose poem, and a symbolic historical account. Every word in this novel has its place, the whole book is a superb work of poetry. Various ideas are blended into an evocative tapestry of unparalleled beauty. On the one level, we have the author¿s experimentation with ideas: the writer writing about a writer who is writing a novel about her. On a deeper level we have a symbolic relationship where a woman had become a country. The author¿s use of language couldn¿t have been any more superb. Every word is meant to trigger a whole stream of memories and emotions in the reader¿s mind. I admit having read the Arabic original, so am not sure how this translation will turn out to be, but from what I hear it is excellent.

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