The Algerian War in French/Algerian Writing

Jonathan Lewis

The Algerian War in French/Algerian Writing

Jonathan Lewis

Distributed for University of Wales Press

256 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2018
Paper $68.00 ISBN: 9781786833044 Published February 2019 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

This book analyses representations of the Algerian War of Independence (1954–62) in the literary output of French authors of Algerian origin, problematizing the extent to which these literary ‘sites of memory’ provide appropriate spaces of consensus for hitherto competing memories of the war. The Algerian War in French/Algerian Writing provides a comprehensive understanding of the development of writing by French authors of Algerian origin, from its emergence in the 1980s to the present day.

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Philip Dine, National University of Ireland, Galway

“Six decades on from its murderous paroxysm, the Algerian war remains unfinished business. In this important monograph, Jonathan Lewis charts the conflict’s memorial trace in the literary production of the Algerian diaspora in France, exploring and explaining writing as a privileged site for understanding this durably traumatic war of decolonization.”

Patrick Crowley, University College Cork

“This book is essential reading. Lewis’s close, nuanced readings of literary texts are exemplary in the way they bring to the fore the significant contribution that literature can make to understanding the complex history of the Algerian war and its legacies. In doing so, Lewis makes the compelling and convincing case that to understand contemporary France we need to return to the open uncertainties of French/Algerian literature.”

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