The bridges of Constantine / Ahlem Mosteghanemi ; translated by Raphael Cohen.
Publication year: 2014
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2014.
ISBN: 9781408856482 (pbk.) :
Translated from the Arabic.
This translation originally published: as Memory in the flesh. Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 1999.
'The Bridges of Constantine' is a poignant fresco of Algeria over the last 50 years, a searing love story and a hymn to a lost city. Khaled, a former revolutionary in the Algerian war of liberation has been in self-exile in Paris for two decades, disgusted by the corruption that now riddles the country he once fought for. He has become a celebrated painter, and at the opening of one of his exhibitions, Hayat, the daughter of his old revolutionary commander, unexpectedly re-enters Khaled's life. Hayat had been just a child when he last saw her, but she has now become a seductive young novelist. Khaled is consumed with passion for her, and she comes to embody the homeland and the city he still grieves for - the city he paints over and over again in his canvases. Through Hayat, his past is breathed back into life and he at last begins to confront his feelings about Algeria.
Original title: Dhakirat al-Jasad. English
320 pages ; 20 cm
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