Children of the New World
Publication Year: 2006
Published by: The Feminist Press
Title Page, Copyright
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Characters in Order of Appearance
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In the old Arab quarter at the foot of the mountain the whitewashed houses all look alike. Before the city grew larger, this was the only place where affluent families would come to find a bit of cool air, near the brooks and orchards...
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How long had she been living on the top floor of this empty building that stood by the side of the road? Lila couldn’t say. She didn’t question it; why count the days? It might have been before dawn today or yesterday at daybreak...
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Having hosed down the courtyard and abandoning in the kitchen the meal to be prepared, Cherifa sat down in her room with the twins beside her as the spectacle began, as if it were an enormous circus watched by a female audience of the old quarter. That same...
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“Suzanne, it’s you, of course.”
Lila lets her friend in. Suzanne immediately notices the bare walls, the sparse furniture.
“It’s almost cold here.”
Lila doesn’t answer...
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Hakim hoped in vain that for the rest of the day he’d be able to immerse himself in the paperwork that with Chief Jean’s tacit approval has been his refuge for the past several months. Right now, however, Jean looks distracted...
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Twice a day the Micheline, the railcar that was the pride of the town when it was first put into service a few years before, comes in from the capital. It arrives in the afternoon, at one o’clock and then at seven, and instead of stopping at the station...
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“Not so loud,” the other boy says and begins to walk again, beret on his head, hands in his pockets. At the bottom of the boulevard, he gives Bachir his instructions: no question of his joining a cell...
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The operation on the mountain is not yet over when the jobless, who are killing time on the benches in the square above the rue du Bey, are the first to see the tribe of the Beni Mihoub advancing in a mute...
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“You know Khaled?” Bachir said irritably in front of Lila’s door. “I don’t particularly like him.” “He is . . . I think he’s sincere,” Lila pouted. She made a gesture with her hand as if to drive away a thought. She turned to Bachir...
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On July 1, 1962, Algerians were casting their ballots in a referendum to establish the nation’s independence from France, throwing off a colonizer’s yoke that had lasted one hundred and thirty-two years. The previous...
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Publication Year: 2006