Internationally acclaimed novelist, scholar, poet and filmmaker Assia Djebar presents a brutal yet delicate exposition of how wars are fought upon women's lives and bodies. A French woman is renamed in order to be buried beside her Algerian husband; another loses her daughter to that continental divide. Despite divergent loyalties, the human heart exists within, beneath and beyond geographical borders.
A beloved author, translator, and filmmaker, Assia Djebar (1936-2015) was born Fatima-Zohra Imalayen in the Algerian town of Cherchell. Her novels and poems boldly faced the challenges and struggles she knew as a feminist living under patriarchy, and as an intellectual living under colonialism and its aftermath. Djebar's writing, marked by a regal unwillingness to compromise in the face of ethical, linguistic, and narrative complexities, attracted devoted followers around the world, and received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Venice International Critics' Prize, the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the Yourcenar Prize, the Frankfurt Peace Prize, and a knighthood in France's Legion of Honor. She was the first Algerian woman to be admitted to France's prestigious cole Normale Sup rieure, and the first writer from the Maghreb to be admitted to the Acad mie Fran aise.