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Children of the New World

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

Assia ***** novel ***** 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 ***** also powerfully 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 ***** New 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 Independence, and against French colonialism.

It is through Djebar's characters' interactions and interpersonal relationships that we come to better understand life during ***** war in Algeria at ***** time; the effects of the war upon its people, and ***** high psychological and human cost of forced regime change, and ***** war ***** general. Djebar shows her characters in the most trying of circumstances, ***** (as often happens in war 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 (1962) with an account the death ***** ***** old woman, one of myriad civilian casualties of ***** 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 *****. This powerful beginning of the novel foreshadows what will turn out to be one ***** Djebar's major themes: that of the enormous and often gratui*****us cost of war: on an entire society *****d, by association, on all of *****ity.

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

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

And, although the majority of ***** female characters are symp*****hetic one, an ***** infor*****t,

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