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So vast the prison : a novel

Author: Assia Djebar; Betsy Wing
Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"Djebar's fiction, like that of Nadine Gordimer and Edna O'Brien, wrestles with issues of oppression and the subtle ways language and history enforce it." "So Vast the Prison tells the story of a modern, educated Algerian woman, raised in the years of Colonial oppression and the Algerian War, whose older brother was imprisoned in France. She watches her marriage disintegrate in a society intolerant of women, even as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Assia Djebar; Betsy Wing
ISBN: 1583220674 9781583220672
OCLC Number: 49704927
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: 363 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: What is erased in the heart --
Erased in stone --
A silent desire --
The blood of writing.
Other Titles: Vaste est la prison.
Responsibility: Assia Djebar ; translated by Betsy Wing.

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"Djebar's fiction, like that of Nadine Gordimer and Edna O'Brien, wrestles with issues of oppression and the subtle ways language and history enforce it." "So Vast the Prison tells the story of a modern, educated Algerian woman, raised in the years of Colonial oppression and the Algerian War, whose older brother was imprisoned in France. She watches her marriage disintegrate in a society intolerant of women, even as she marvels at the closeness of women among themselves at the ritual baths and in other gatherings. Woven into the woman's personal life story is the ancient history of her land, including the loss of its early languages, the massive destruction suffered in wars of conquest, and the quirks of chance which enabled traces to remain."--Jacket.

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