THE LOT OF A MUSLIM WOMAN: On THE LORD'S PLAN AND HUMAN INTENT (following in the footsteps of female revelations by Algerian women writers)
S. V. PROZHOGINA
Doctor of Philological Sciences
...Nothing can take away from me The silence of the day Or the light of the night-Paul
It would seem that the 50s-60s of the XX century are long gone - the time of the powerful flourishing of Algerian literature, illuminated by the dream of independence of the country, scorched by the fire of one of the most protracted anti - colonial wars (1954-1962). And the appeal of Algerian writers of that time to the poetry of the French poet Paul Eluard, whose name is inextricably linked with the era of Resistance to Fascism during the Second World War, was quite understandable. Assia Djebar, one of the first Algerian women to take up the pen to tell the world about her people, wrote these poems as the epigraph to her book Children of the New World:
1 not terrible. The coming day shines on them night is not terrible for them, and our masters Children of the new world united, - and the shadowTroubles is all in spite and strictly.
It is not necessary to specify who these masters were then: the French in that era - their own, for a short time, the Algerians-their own, for almost a hundred and thirty years... The main thing is that the people on both sides of the Mediterranean Sea dreamed of the coming of a New World, and therefore passionately and confidently waited for the Dawn of a New day, impatiently discerning the Light in the Night.
But now, almost half a century later, I am reading again the lines of Paul Eluard, which precede one of the most significant works of Algerian modernity - Maissa Bey's novel "In the Beginning was the Sea"2. I put them as an epigraph to this article, because they contain the main intonation of today's creativity of Algerians, especially characteristic of women writers.
Perhaps the era of waiting for Freedom and Happiness echoes the current one ... Read more