Women of Algiers in Their Apartment

By Assia Djebar, Marjolijn de Jager (translator),

Book cover of Women of Algiers in Their Apartment

Book description

The cloth edition of Assia Djebar's Women of Algiers in Their Apartment, her first work to be published in English, was named by the American Literary Translators Association as an ALTA Outstanding Translation of the Year. Now available in paperback, this collection of three long stories, three short ones, and…

Shepherd is reader supported. When you buy books, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Why read it?

1 author picked Women of Algiers in Their Apartment as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

This is not only a beautifully written book, it is an important one. Why? Because it poses challenging questions about the promise of post-independence freedom for Algerian women through a collection of short stories written between 1959 and 1978. First published in French in 1980, the writing style is at once innovative, lyrical, and unsettling as Assia Djebar explores the condition of Algerian women across the pre-colonial, colonial and immediate post-colonial periods. The inspiration for the book is Eugène Delacroix’s 1834 painting of women in an Algerian harem because, as Djebar explains in the post-face, this picture leads her straight…

Want books like Women of Algiers in Their Apartment?

Our community of 11,000+ authors has personally recommended 100 books like Women of Algiers in Their Apartment.

Browse books like Women of Algiers in Their Apartment

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in Algeria, women, and presidential biography?

11,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about Algeria, women, and presidential biography.

Algeria Explore 35 books about Algeria
Women Explore 619 books about women
Presidential Biography Explore 19 books about presidential biography