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Children of the New World

How Assia Djebar's Novel Children ***** the New World (1962) Contributes to Our Knowledge of the Algerian Experience

***** ***** novel Children of the New World, first published in 1962 (in French) despite its be*****g a work of fiction, contributes powerfully and in many important ways to our knowledge of the Algerian Experience. This novel also powerfully describes the circumstances, and ***** high human cost, of the Algerian War for Independence in particular, which lasted for six years, taking place between late 1954 ***** late 1962.

The action of Children ***** the ***** World (1962), however, instead takes place within just one day. In this brief period, moreover we are provided a vivid account of the lives ***** various characters inhabiting a small Algerian mountain *****wn, Blida, in 1956, two years into the Algerian War for Independence, and against French colonialism.

It is through Djebar's characters' interactions and interpersonal relationships that we come to better understand life during the war in Algeria at ***** time; ***** effects of the war upon its people, and ***** ***** psychological and human ***** of forced regime change, and of war ***** general. Djebar shows her characters in the most trying of circumstances, ***** (as often happens in ***** and in ***** itself) ***** identities and natures of the book's heroes and villains alike are continually surpr*****ing.

Djebar ********** Children of the New World (1962) with an account the death ***** ***** old woman, one of myriad civilian casualties of the Algerian War. This woman is killed right outside her own house, standing in her courtyard, in fact, and is simply in the wrong place at the wrong time when a stray bomb fragment falls on her. This powerful beginning of the ***** foreshadows what will turn out to be ***** of ***** major themes: ***** of the enormous and often gratuitous cost of war: on an entire society *****d, by association, on all of humanity.

Assia Djebar's Children ***** the New World (1962) is clearly a femin*****t as well an anti-colonial book, although never predictably, simplistically, or uncomplicatedly so. This novel, for example, features women and men of all types, i.e., a cross-section (albeit a limited one) of mids-1950's Algerian society. The ***** are, for example, an eclectic mix of feminist ***** traditional women; of scholarly men and men who ***** merchants; ***** of both supporters and opponents of ***** independence.

***** *****s Djebar's characters' motives and actions are ironically surprising, which furt***** underscores the idea that, especially in a time of *****, neither others' ********** nor one's own assumptions about others are necessarily reliable. For instance, being a political radical, as Djebar demonstrates vividly at one point, does not always make a man into a feminist ***** well; ********** a ***** ***** wears a veil is not necessarily less courageous, in her own moment ***** truth, than is one who wears western cloth*****g.

And, although the majority of ***** female characters are sympathetic one, an Algeri***** informant,

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