Review: Fantasia. User Review – Ylanda Hathorne byrd – Goodreads. I read this for a class on Middle Eastern and African literature, so I may have gotten more. Week 5: Assia Djebar’s Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade. Silenced and Absent. Djebar successfully represents what was formerly silenced and absent from. Assia Djebar, Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade ().

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A procession or parade, that focuses on a re-enactment of important historical events.

Fantasia: an Algerian cavalcade – Assia Djebar, Dorothy S. Blair – Google Books

It is a participation event, as opposed to a spectacle. But I can say that the prose is a tour de force: The second consist of The Cavalcade: A major leitmotiv in the novel is the theme of Love Letter and the written word. These early correspondents have conflicted emotions about the monstrosities of war, and are cause for self examination.


We develop a sense that the colonizers are attracted to this alien world of Algiers, like an uncontrollable desire for a woman: This highly complex structure used in the novel is a wonderfully interesting arrangement: It should be emphasized heavily that the novel is NOT disjointed as it may sound by my simple breakdown.

Djebar artfully ties together multiple elements that I have not even touched on: Diebar I took Away: Blarmy part This work is first part of a projected Quartet.

I ordered the second novel, A Sister to Sherehazade I get the sense that Fantasia is a story that the writer had to get out as if her life depended on it.

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Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade by Assia Djebar

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