Memory in the Flesh

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Publishing House: The American University in Cairo Press

Publication Year: 2003

Genre: Novel

Number of Pages: 256

“Memory in the Flesh” is a groundbreaking work, authored by the first female Algerian writer in Arabic. This award-winning novel delves into Algeria’s resistance against foreign oppression and its subsequent challenges in the post-independence era, including the evolution of revolutionary ideals within a transforming society.

Spanning over four decades of Algerian history, from the 1940s to the 1980s, the narrative revolves around the relationship between Khaled and the daughter of his comrade, a freedom fighter. Khaled, a middle-aged militant who turns to painting after losing his arm in the struggle, serves as the narrator, offering a unique perspective on the story.

Notably, “Memory in the Flesh” earned recognition from the judges of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature for the author’s remarkable ability to authentically convey a male voice and skillfully merge global literature with local storytelling and traditional narrative techniques.

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