Thursday, 8 December 2016
Another collective reflecting on the actions and non-actions that have created today's Algeria. Each writer is presented as a specialist of the field he or she chooses to retrace. In some cases the author is a well known specialist, in other cases, the writer simply has no more grasp of the matter at hand than any lambda citizen, and simply poses as one.
The result is disappointing and makes for a dull read. This type of "reflection with hindsight" is another example of groups with friendly links to publishing houses who blindly edit the work of groups seemingly decided upon claiming they constitute an elite. If the essays were free I wouldn't complain, but these publications are always expensive.
My review on TSA in French: « Nous autres » : l’Algérie du futur et le futur de l’Algérie ?
Really enjoyed Djamila Morani's novella. Morani is a young Algerian author who writes in Arabic.
Tufah el-Djinn is set in Baghdad during the Abbasid period. A 12-year old girl who has witnessed the assassination of her family and escapes is faced with two choices: let herself die or get better to find out why her father became such a threat and to whom.
My review on TSA in French: Tufah el-Djinn : entre le pardon et la vengeance
Aiming to demystify the Boumediene era, a collective of authors directed by Mohamed Kacimi tells their side of the story through their memories of these years as the children, teenagers or adults they once were.
My review on TSA in French: Les années Boum, souvenirs des années Boumediene