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France, Story of a Childhood (Paperback) (Zahia Rahmani)

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This moving tale of imprisonment and escape, persecution and loss, is narrated by the daughter of a Harki, an Algerian soldier who fought for the French during the Algerian War for Independence. It was the fate of such men to be twice exiled, first in their homeland after the war, and later in France, where fleeing Harki families sought refuge but instead faced contempt, discrimination, and exclusion. Zahia Rahmani blends reality and imagination in her writing, offering a fictionalized version of her own family’s struggle. Lara Vergnaud’s beautiful translation from the original Kabyle dialect perfectly captures the voices and emotions of Rahmani’s childhood in a foreign land. While the author delves deeply into the past, she also indicts present-day France and Algeria. From the unique perspective of the daughter of a Harki, she examines France’s complex and controversial history with its former colony and offers new insight into the French civil riots of 2005. She makes a stirring plea for understanding between generations and cultures, and especially for an end to the destructive practice of condemning children for their fathers’ actions and beliefs.
Number of Pages: 180
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: Modern / 20th Century, Europe / France
Series Title: The Margellos World Republic of Letters
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
Author: Zahia Rahmani
Language: English
Street Date: May 24, 2016
TCIN: 50612541
UPC: 9780300212105
Item Number (DPCI): 248-09-0615

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