Recalling the way they lived in a single Algerian house that was occupied by several families, Jewish and Muslim, in the generation before the independence of Algeria, Joelle Bahloul's informants build up a multivocal micro-history of a way of life which came to an end in the early 1960s. Uprooted and now dispersed, these former neighbours constantly refer to the architecture of the house itself, which, with its internal boundaries and shared spaces, structures their memories. Here, in miniature, is a domestic history of North African Muslims, Jews, and Christians, living under French colonial rule.
"This well-written and accessible translation is a required addition to the libraries of students of culture and memory, the ethnography of Jewish life, North Africa, and the identity of immigrants in their adopted countries." Gut Heskell, Religious Studies Review