Leila Abouzeid’s year of the elephant: a post‐colonial reading Islam and the Modern Moroccan Woman in the Works of Leila Abouzeid. This revised edition of pioneering Moroccan author Leila Abouzeid’s novella and short stories—which has sold more than copies in English—features a. This is the context in which Leila Abouzeid writes. Year of the Elephant is the first novel by a Moroccan woman to be translated from Arabic to English, and.

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I can only cry at these visions and thank her for the stories that lead me to this place in Morocco that claimed my heart, that claimed my imagination and gave me a home that I will never part from. Learn more about Amazon Prime. off

Thus her answer to those disappointed in authorities, especially to women, is to ground themselves in the deepest roots of their identities to find strength, purpose, and inspiration.

Jul 15, Sunny rated it liked it Shelves: Jul 12, Namrirru rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s sophisticated yet simple and it offers an enjoyable yet gripping story. To Leila, the use of the French language is being submissive to invaders that are not even present anymore.

Retrieved from ” https: This happened in all African and Arab countries after their independence – when true nationalism was thrown out the window, and men assumed all leadership roles at the expense of women. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Both obstacles and support systems change as she ysar participates in the struggle for Moroccan independence from France.


Although Morocco was granted independence in without the protracted war and bloodshed that Algeria underwent in to shake off French rule, independence for this small Atlantic-Mediterreanean country was still a long and painful process.

As part of her program, tje translated movie scripts into Arabic and did dramatic readings. It shows the conflicting visions of colonial independance in Morocco. I wouldn’t recommend this book. Dlephant country cannot truly be free without the freedom and equality for all, which is something people still do not seem to comprehend. However, the author is carried away by politics and religion, which diminishes her work a ton. All soul that was left in her body had seemingly left, and the teacher barely existed.

Oct 11, Sarah Anderle rated it it was ok Shelves: The years Of Elephant.

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Expenses for a hundred days? A very strong collection and I will look for more from this author.

Explore ldila Home Gift Guide. The political events of form a backdrop to the story of Zahra, who has just been divorced by her husband of 40 years for being too traditional and out of step with modern life. Have I lost my own identity? Morocco Portal Literature Portal. What the reader comes to find is that women fought in the struggle as much as the men.

Speaking Arabic, English and French, Abouzeid still uses primarily Arabic because she does not want to conform to the foreign culture that has taken over her country. Repeated throughout the text is the sentence: Trivia About Year of the Eleph How worthless wlephant woman is if she can be returned with a paper receipt like some store-bought object!

I hear the call to prayer and know that I will always remember the sweetness of those nights in El Ksiba where brilliant men smoke cigarettes in cafes and beautiful dark haired children roam the elila together laughing into the night sky before their mothers call them home. It is very well written translated, is the more appropriate term. A somber story, set shortly after the Moroccan independencein which a newly divorced woman tries to make her way in the world.

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A pity they were so easily forgotten… Nov 28, Merilee rated it liked it. List of writers Women writers Moroccan literature Arabic Tamazight.

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A country cannot An amazing novella by Leila Abouzeid! This very real address to the people of Morocco also becomes a theme in the book. This made her hate the French from a very young age. Paperbackpages.

Year of the Elephant: A Moroccan Woman’s Journey Toward Independence by Leila Abouzeid

She finds comfort and even solace with a sheik that guides Zahra. I need to reread this. One of these was the famous autobiography of Malcolm X. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. There is nothing more to add” 8.

Return to Book Page. In The Last Chapterthere are only two girls in Aisha’s classroom of 42 students. People attributed benevolence, generosity, and wisdom to the Sultan, but Abouzeid finds that poverty and injustic remain even after the Sultan returns to his throne.