martes, 1 de diciembre de 2015

The 2015 Argentinean (& Algerian) Literature(s) of Doom: November Links

JacquiWine, JacquiWine's Journal
The Secret in Their Eyes by Eduardo Sacheri

Frances, Nonsuch Book
(on The Stranger by Albert Camus and The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud)

Pat, South of Paris Books
The Angels Die by Yasmina Khadra

Richard, Caravana de recuerdos
Les chercheurs d'os by Tahar Djaout
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Thanks to Amateur Reader (Tom), Frances, JacquiWine, Miguel, Pat, and Scott for keeping me company during the first two months of the 2015 Argentinean (& Algerian) Literature(s) of Doom.  Hope y'all enjoy this second round of links for the event.  For a preview of December's Doom finale, here's a "typical" quote from one of my current reads, the nonfiction Journal 1955-1962: Reflections on the French-Algerian War (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000) penned by Algerian Mouloud Feraoun:

At Béni-Douala on the slope where the market is held behind tangles of twisted barbed wire, soldiers, in shorts blackened by dust and sun, busy themselves around jeeps, trucks, and tanks.  It seems that the cannons and machine guns pointed at the sky are there to convince you that you are not lost, that you are with fine people who know how to live and proclaim the benefits of a motorized and armored civilization.

This quote, translated by Mary Ellen Wolf and Claude Fouillade and found on page 16, comes from Feraoun's November 13, 1955 journal entry.  In a particularly cruel twist of fate, Feraoun was murdered by a right-wing death squad just three days before the cease fire that ended the war.

2 comentarios:

  1. Thanks for the links, Richard - lots of Algerian lit in November!

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    1. My pleasure, Jacqui! As distracting--in a good way--as the Algerian novels have been, I hope to finally get around to a few Argentinean Lit of Doom novels this month. The Algerian works are all too real as far as the doom stuff, I'm afraid!

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