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October 2, 2009According to Reuters, Assia Djebar is among the top three contenders for the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature, along with Israeli novelist Amos Oz and American novelist and short story writer Joyce Carol Oates. The prize will be announced next Thursday. For those not already acquainted with Assia Djebar, start with her titles published by Seven Stories Press: Algerian White — A blend of fiction and memoir, tracing the history of radicalism in Algeria through the eyes of writers and thinkers murdered, but not silenced, by the regime. The Tongue's Blood Does Not Run Dry — Conversations between Djebar and ordinary Algerians encountered on the streets of Paris grow into intensely-detailed stories that blend the anti-female violence of modern fundamentalist Algeria with the rich, heightened themes of classical Arab literature. So Vast the Prison — The story of a modern Algerian woman in a male-dominated society, played against the bloody history of Carthage in its decline.
March 28, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 8:00 PM at Columbia University’s Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway at 115th St. $25 general admission, $20 for senior citizens and Columbia staff, $5 for students.
Assia Djebar has long been fascinated with the figure of Fatima, the Prophet Mohammed’s daughter. In the opera The Daughters of Ishmael in Wind and Storm, she relies on Arab chronicles to dramatize Fatima’s role immediately after the Prophet’s death. What would the future of Islam have been if this spirited daughter could have inherited the prophetship? We will couple extracts from Djebar’s opera with extracts from Toni Morrison’s Margaret Garner , revisiting the events that inspired her 1987 novel Beloved . Performance followed by a discussion with Djebar, Morrison, Leila Ahmed (Harvard Divinity School), and Angela Davis (University of California), opening questions of feminism, femininity, slavery, and Islam.