The German Moudjahid and the Danish Prince Boualem Sansal's Le Village de l'Allemand Corbin Treacy There is no shortage of memory in Algeria, and no shortage of books about Algeria that take memory as their primary object.1 The past two decades have seen a growing number of memoirs, novels, and films stage returns to the colonial past and the transition to independence through a distinctly memorial lens.2 Contemporary authors are using the past as an antidote to press headlines that numb an increasingly fatigued public and export a particularly bloody postcard of life in Algeria. By reframing the present through a messy and at times contradictory past, these narratives challenge mythologized versions of independence that the state works hard to maintain. This literary tactic not only reminds readers of a time when Algerians worked together to oppose colonialism, it also paints a portrait of French abuse that, in its resemblance to domestic models of state terror, implicates the current leadership. Artists and scholars have also found more constellational ways of describing contemporary Algeria. A new concept in Maghrebi studies is that of the "transnational" or "postnational" Maghreb. Attention to globalization, nomadism, immigration, diaspora, exile, "Empire," and "the Multitude"
French Forum – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Jun 17, 2015
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