An old woman tells the narrator her personal story and encourages him to recall his own life. Mas‘uda came to the capital from a small village in the mountains and lived during the years of the struggle against the French occupation. Now that Algeria is an independent state, she dares to openly express her critical and often very negative thoughts about the results of revolutionary politics. She is a real storyteller, able to describe her life and her emancipation blending together dreams with reality. The novel is a great fresco of the coming of age of a nation.
Approximate number of pages: 291 p.
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