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Children of the New World

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

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

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

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

Djebar begins Children of the New World (*****) with an account the death of an old woman, one ***** myriad civilian c*****ualties 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 str*****y bomb fragment falls on her. This powerful beginning of ***** novel foreshadows what will turn out to be one ***** ***** major themes: that of the enormous ***** ********** gratuitous cost of war: on an entire society *****d, by association, on all of *****ity.

Assia Djebar's Children of the ***** World (1962) is clearly a feminist as well an anti-col*****ial book, although never predictably, simplistically, or uncomplicatedly so. This *****, for example, features women and men of all types, i.e., a cross-section (albeit a limited *****) ***** mids-1950's Algerian society. The characters *****, for example, an eclectic mix of feminist and traditional women; of scholarly men ***** men who are merchants; and of both supporters and opponents ***** ***** independence.

***** times Djebar's characters' motives and actions are ironically *****, which furt***** underscores the idea that, especially in a time of w*****r, neither others' appearances nor one's ***** *****sumptions 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 *****s well; and a ***** who wears a veil is not necessarily less courageous, in her own moment ***** truth, than is one who ***** western cloth*****g.

And, although the majority of Djebar's female characters are sympathetic one, an Algerian infor*****t,

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