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Translated by K. Melissa Marcus. Mokeddem is a physician by training who immigrated to France in the s in order to live a more fulfilling life as a professional and independent woman than is permitted in Algerian society. In Mokeddem's case, such personal information is relevant as most of this writer's female protagonists are also engaged in a bitter struggle to assert their right to self-determination in the face of cultural, political, and religious pressures that would constrain them and even do violence to them. Marcus has prefaced this translation with a very useful introduction that not only presents Mokeddem to an English-speaking public, but also situates this particular work of fiction in the historical and political context of present-day Algeria, including the now ten-year-long civil war pitting Islamic militants against civilians and government forces. Those unfamiliar with the current Algerian political scene will especially find the introduction to be informative since it not only addresses the main causes of the conflict, but also describes the position of Algerian intellectuals in particular those who write and teach in French , and their attempts not to be silenced by the violence and intimidation that has targeted them during the civil war.

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A cross between kiss-and-tell and curse-and-tell, Malika Mokeddem's memoir of the men in her life presents a mosaic of relationships defining what it is to be a woman, an immigrant, a doctor, and a citizen of an uncertain world. From her childhood days in French colonial Algeria to her later years as a doctor in Paris and a writer in Montpellier, Mokeddem traces the path of a brilliant girl in a world of men.

Anorexia, insomnia, financial independence, escapism in books, atheism, self-imposed exile, painting, and the poetics of free love-such are the various ways in which she has responded to discrimination. Mokeddem hauntingly describes how her literary and medical careers blossomed along with her sexuality and her desire to escape the gender bias that shackled Algerian tradition.

At once a scathing critique of Algerian patriarchy and a soaring tribute to the men who opened a window on the world, Mokeddem's story is a fascinating portrait of gender as it is actually felt, lived, and never left behind. Read more Read less. I realized that [my father and I] totally missed each other because of prudishness, silence, and forbidden taboos. Having said that, I described my relations with the men I have known without falling into the cliche of superficial eroticism.

Malika Mokeddem is an Algerian immigrant who has lived most of her life in France. A medical doctor as well as a writer, she worked in Montpellier as a general practitioner focusing on the health needs of the immigrant North African community until recently, when death threats forced her to close her clinic. She now works several days a week at a nephrology clinic and devotes the rest of her time to writing.

She is the author of numerous books, including two books translated and available in Bison Books editions: The Forbidden Woman and Century of Locusts. They are translators of Mokeddem's Century of Locusts. No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases.

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Neither parent supported her and her gender was a huge strike against her, but despite all odds, she found her way to France and became a hematologist. She writes about her various relationships with men, including lovers and her once-adored younger brother. IT seemed to me that her anger about her early life fueled her determination, along with her intellect and talent, but also made it very difficult for her to sustain relationships with men.

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Born , in Kenadsa, Algeria; immigrated to France, Education: Studied medicine in France. L'Interdite novel , B. Grasset Paris, France , , translated by K. Grasset Paris, France , , translated and with an introduction by K. Malika Mokeddem was born in to a nomadic family in the oasis settlement of Kenadsa, Algeria, which hovers on the border of Morocco. Among her ancestors, she counts members of the Doui Menia tribe, a mixed-race group of Saharan nomads.

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Mokeddem, Malika

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? A cross between kiss-and-tell and curse-and-tell, Malika Mokeddem's memoir of the men in her life presents a mosaic of relationships defining what it is to be a woman, an immigrant, a doctor, and a citizen of an uncertain world. From her childhood days in French colonial Algeria to her later years as a doctor in Paris and a writer in Montpellier, Mokeddem traces the path of a brilliant girl in a world of men. Anorexia, insomnia, financial independence, escapism in books, atheism, self-imposed exile, painting, and the poetics of free love-such are the various ways in which she has responded to discrimination. Mokeddem hauntingly describes how her literary and medical careers blossomed along with her sexuality and her desire to escape the gender bias that shackled Algerian tradition.

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