Assia Djebar Dorothy S. Blair / Aug 24, 2019

Fantasia In this stunning novel Assia Djebar intertwines the history of her native Algeria with episodes from the life of a young girl in a story stretching from the French conquest in to the War of Libe

  • Title: Fantasia
  • Author: Assia Djebar Dorothy S. Blair
  • ISBN: 9780704326101
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this stunning novel, Assia Djebar intertwines the history of her native Algeria with episodes from the life of a young girl in a story stretching from the French conquest in 1830 to the War of Liberation of the 1950s The girl, growing up in the old Roman coastal town of Cherchel, sees her life in contrast to that of a neighboring French family, and yearns for thanIn this stunning novel, Assia Djebar intertwines the history of her native Algeria with episodes from the life of a young girl in a story stretching from the French conquest in 1830 to the War of Liberation of the 1950s The girl, growing up in the old Roman coastal town of Cherchel, sees her life in contrast to that of a neighboring French family, and yearns for than law and tradition allow her to experience Headstrong and passionate, she escapes from the cloistered life of her family to join her brother in the maquis fight against French domination Djebar s exceptional descriptive powers bring to life the experiences of girls and women caught up in the dual struggle for independence both their own and Algeria s.

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        the pen name of Fatma Zohra Imalhayene Assia Djebar was born in Algeria to parents from the Berkani tribe of Dahra She adopted the pen name Assia Djebar when her first novel, La Soif Hunger was published in 1957, in France where she was studying at the Sorbonne In 1958, she travelled to Tunis, where she worked as a reporter alongside Frantz Fanon, travelling to Algerian refugee camps on the Tunisian border with the Red Cross and Crescent In 1962, she returned to Algeria to report on the first days of the country s independence.She settled in Algeria in 1974, and began teaching at the University of Algiers In 1978, she made a feature film with an Algerian TV company, The Nouba of the Women on Mont Chenoua, which won the critics prize at Venice Her second feature, La Zerda, won a prize at Berlin in 1983 In 1995, she took up an academic post at the University of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, and in 2002 was named a Silver Chair at New York University She is a member of the Belgian Royal Academy and of the Academie Fran aise.She published her first four novels in France, between 1957 and 1967 These were followed by her Algerian quartet, of which three titles are complete to date, and by her three novels of exile Djebar has also published short stories, essay collections and two libretti All of her writing is in French.


    1. Fantasia is a book in two parts, which alternate before one narrative takes over. The first is a retelling of the French conquest of Algeria and the following insurgency in the early 19th century. The second is an autobiographical version of the author's life a century later, as she grows as a person and sheds the roles which are forced upon her from both colonizer and colonized. Without context, it's easy to assume a novel in French about Algeria or Morocco titled Fantasia would be some uncomfo [...]

    2. Assia Djebar wants you to write a term paper about her book. She wants you to deploy trendy crit theory terminology to unpack her overtly symbolic and extremely self-aware meta-narrative of historical readings, elided autobiography and tiresome, italicized hinge pieces. But she also wants you to learn about Algerian history, about life as an Arab woman and about the torturous process of forging an identity in the liminal space between a conquering and a conquered nation. Unfortunately, she has l [...]

    3. 1830: France invades Algiers. 1962: Algeria gains independence. (1936: Assia Djebar is born. 1984: Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade is written.)It's hard to call this a novel. It's not. I'd call it an essay, except at 284 pages that's stretching it. Orientalism aside, the quote on the front calling it a "mosaic" isn't far off. Djebar mixes her own autobiography with historical sources from the 19th century and discussions with women who remember the struggle for independence, and what came before [...]

    4. Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade is not a novel, or a memoir or an oral history, though it shares characteristics with all three genres. It's a piece of literature that defies easy categorization. It is, perhaps, best described as a meditation on history (Algeria's in this case), alienation and women based on sources from both the French and native sides of Algeria's recent, tragic history, including the author's own experiences (she fought in the last rebellion that ended in Algeria's independen [...]

    5. L'Amour, la Fantasia est le genre de livre dans lequel on vit, on voyage, on rêve Au fond d'une Algérie ancienne, prise, violée, brûlée, Assia Djebar nous raconte des histoire qui peut-être ont échappé aux historiens, les misères, le courage, la solitude de tout un peuple

    6. This is a book about giving a voice to those who are silent. And to those who have been silenced. Many people’s stories weave in and out of one another, a tangle of emotion that eventually forms the tapestry of a nation’s soul. The stories center on Algeria – France’s initial occupation of Algeria in the 1830s and Algeria’s war for independence in the 1950s.Most of the voices heard in this book are those of Algerian women. The author herself, older war widows, young brides, outspoken w [...]

    7. My attempts to be more worldly with my reading sometimes lead to great discoveries, and sometimes they lead me here. Not that Assia Djebar is not a fine writer; her prose is lovely, if a bit joyless. I did not care for this book, however.One thing I would have appreciated would have been Djebar establishing a stronger narrative through-line. There are many first-person narrators in this book, from all eras, and I couldn't keep them all clear. Is the one who played with her cousins in the opening [...]

    8. A Rich Mosaic of FragmentsThis is the first novel written by an Algerian, man or woman, that I have ever read. I suspect that could be true for many readers. As a new voice in my world of literature, then, it's an important book. I saw FANTASIA as a kaleidescope, though, always producing patterns and colors, always arranged, but not always understandable. I found it very hard to judge this work because it has many facets, like a shifted kaleidescope.***** Five stars for the idea or conception of [...]

    9. My Body, my LandWhy am I reviewing this? Do I even understand it? No, not entirely, but I understand enough to know that it is a remarkable work, part philosophy, part personal statement, part a history of Algeria under French rule. Its very language a paradox: an Arab author writing in French, the language of the conquerors—but also the language that gives her freedom as a woman from the patriarchal oppression in her own land. And reading it in French as I did, I got an extraordinary sense of [...]

    10. Ethnically rich and inspiring in its descriptions, this 1985 collection of vignettes is an eye-opening look at a courageous North African country and people that have undergone an incredibly difficult history of colonization, war, and struggles against poverty, and oppression--of its women in particular. Assia Djebar is not easy to read in English translation much less in her original French. However, as I read the translation Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade (original title: L'Amour, La Fantaisi [...]

    11. The book interspersed the history of the Algerian people in their fights against France, especially the 1830 invasion and the liberation war of the 1950s and 1960s, with personal vignettes of the author and other women who lived through these times. While it was often poetical and thoughtful, it was a tough book to read. Maybe if my French was as good as my English, I could have appreciated it more. Not just difficult French vocabulary but also Arabic and Berber vocabulary which weren't familiar [...]

    12. A book that I can honestly say I hated, from the first page to the very last one. I started reading it in English (part of a series of books for a class on Arab Women Writers), and got suspicious about it while reading the apologetic preface: here we had a translator writing about the “brilliant” style, the “luminous” effects of language, and how the English translation doesn’t do justice to the original French, etc. In short, this indicated to me that the translation was either pretty [...]

    13. The grande dame of Algerian literature is hailed as a Nobel Prize contender, and one of only four women and the first writer from the Maghreb to have been admitted to the prestigious Académie française. She has won many prizes, and Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade is one of her most famous novels for good reason; Djebar artfully addresses themes such as the written, formal language of French versus the oral traditions of Berber tribes, the colonized Algerians versus the French colonizers, self [...]

    14. This was a little hard to get into at first, but after taking my time with it and really looking at everything she was doing, it became an amazing masterpiece. Djebar interweaves stories from across cultures, genders and time in order to create a history of Algeria that focuses on being inclusive and understanding that good and bad are in everyone. It's beautifully written - I haven't come across an author who can write so poetically and brilliantly since I read Steinbeck years ago. The more I t [...]

    15. Can be a bit confusing with the interweaving of time frames from past to more present. Algeria's colonization- and the fragmentation of its history, told from both oral stories and written reports from Algerians, french soldiers, and observers. An interesting piecing together of different views to create a sense of history and identity. Discusses the strength and importance of the role of women in this time of revolution and struggle.

    16. الحب و الفانتازيا صوت نسوي ينطق بلغة المستعمر ليعبر عن مكنونات صدر مثقل بقمع لغة الأب، يتسلل إلينا كما تتسلل الأرمادا الفرنسيةإلى الجسد الجزائري المنهوك فتملئه بلهاثها و حقيقتها آسيا الجبار تتكلم لغتها -لغة المرأة- بدلالات لغة الغازي؛ لغتها لا تنتمي إلى قوانين الجغرافيا و [...]

    17. Het is een goed geschreven boek, de structuur is complex en de schrijfster wist mij al snel diep te raken. Ik mis alleen wat, maar ik weet niet precies wat ik mis. Ik kom daar later op terug.

    18. I quite loved this raising of women's voices that plays with the deeply collective nature of their experience. It acknowledges the strengths of an enforced world of women hidden away behind veils and walls, but also its high walls and limitations, examining the fractures in that world as women support the independence struggle, receive an education, travel to Paris. They are both joyful and devastating fractures. This narrative from multiple viewpoints in time and space struggles with an undiffe [...]

    19. This one came to me as a recommendation to follow Clarice Lispector's short stories. I wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered it from , and ended up with something that is quite hard to describe. This follows a young Algerian woman in modern Paris/Algeria interspersed with stories built from primary source material from the French invasion of Algeria and Algerian war for independence. It is deeply political and concerned with identity of the woman who has been raised under French rule, freed [...]

    20. Read for Contemporary Postcolonial Literature.There were passages of this book that completely blew my mind because they were so beautifully written. Exploring themes of women, violence, war, memory and writing, Djebar suggests what it means to tell a traumatic story, to create an archive and to listen to the experiences of everyday citizens.

    21. A challenging, complex read, particularly the first half (set in the 1800s), due largely to the history and many names, places, and words that I was not familiar with.

    22. The way Djebar writes this book may confuse readers without some context or explanation. The book's introduction should hopefully help. I suspect the novel's translation from French also affects the clarity of the novel. Djebar seeks to capture Algerian women's collective experience by exploring the nation's history of colonization and its impact on gender in society a century later. She does this by giving historical accounts of French colonization in the 19th century, by sharing oral accounts [...]

    23. Closer to 3.5 stars.This is a difficult book to review. It is not a memoir or autobiography. It is not a history book. It is not fiction created from whole-cloth, either. Fantasia shares elements with all of these. The book does not really have a plot, per se. The author gives us snippets from her childhood in Algeria, and the perception of women. This is interwoven with set-pieces from Algerian history, specifically, the French-Algerian War and Algeria's own war for independence. Some of the pi [...]

    24. Such a rich text but entirely too academic-ish for me. I understand the need to abrogate and appropriate imperial structures but wonder if it can be less painful. I value so many fragments of this book: the intimate moments of linguistic alienation, the allegorical rape that is colonization, the transferring of the oral accounts of the Algerian females into text -- all were moments which provoked deep introspection and de-centered my perspective.Unfortunately the more far-reaching elements of th [...]

    25. Dorothy Blair’s excellent introduction to Algerian author Assia Djebar’s “Fantasia” provides the following background regarding the title: “The Fantasia (derived from the Arabic fantaziya [meaning ostentation]), is in North Africa a set of virtuoso movements on horseback executed at a gallop, accompanied by loud cries and culminating in rifle shots; the Fantasia, associated with ceremonial occasions and military triumphs . . .” This novel can be characterized as autobiography, histor [...]

    26. apparently a fantasia is a military manuever of the opposing sides taking turns being on the offensive and the defensive, making a back and forth sort of motion. if you look at the table of contents for this book, the actual structure of the novel takes that form as well--in and out, indented and not (brilliant!). using a mix of first person memoir, written-down oral accounts from algerian women, and actual military accounts, djebar tells the history of the algerian-french conflict in way that s [...]

    27. This work houses some of the most beautiful language I have ever seen on a page. The author seemed to draw from the experiences of her soul to create this work of art. I only withhold five stars because the book is longer than necessary, and difficult to read due to its structure. There is no through story line. It is a series of vignettes, quick glimpses, into Algerian history under French imperialism. It's positively dripping with symbolism and metaphors so beautiful they can make you weep.

    28. I read this book years ago in a women's lit class and absolutely loved it. I knew only a very little bit about Algeria and their drawn out war with France for independence, and this book portrayed those times in vivid fashion. Interweaving the stories of the war with the stories of a girl growing up in Algeria over 100 years later was done beautifully by the author. I had the opportunity to meet her in this class, which was amazing - it was a memorable experience.

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