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Algériennes

The Forgotten Women of the Algerian Revolution

Swann Meralli, Deloupy, and Translated by Ivanka Hahnenberger

COMING IN SEPTEMBER

120 pages
8.625" × 11.3125 in"
128 color illustrations
2020

Graphic Medicine

Algériennes

The Forgotten Women of the Algerian Revolution

Swann Meralli, Deloupy, and Translated by Ivanka Hahnenberger

“This complicated examination of colonialism is well worth unpacking.”

 

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The Algerian War of Independence (1954–62), also known as the Algerian Revolution, was a messy and vicious conflict between France and the Algerian National Liberation Front. Waged primarily in Algeria, it severely traumatized citizens on both sides of the Mediterranean, and it continues to have a troubled legacy to this day. Inspired by real events, this poignantly narrated and beautifully illustrated graphic novel tells the story of this confrontation through female protagonists.

Algériennes follows the investigative efforts of Béatrice, the daughter of a French-Algerian War veteran. Béatrice’s father was never able to talk about what he had experienced during the war. Wanting to know more about this part of her family’s history, Béatrice sets off on a voyage of discovery that eventually leads her to Algiers. Along the way, she meets women who recount their experiences during the war. Saïda was a child who made a harrowing escape with her family to France, only to end up in an internment camp. Djamila was a mujahidate rebel who fought alongside the men and witnessed firsthand the barbarity of war. Bernadette was a French woman who refused to leave Algeria after the conflict ended and was ostracized as a pied-noir. Malika was a terrorist bomber fighting on the side of the resistance. Over the course of the narrative, their stories intersect and complete one another, resulting in a powerful and moving picture of what both women and men lived through during the Algerian Revolution—and a clearer understanding of why these events have been, for so many, nearly impossible to discuss.

“This complicated examination of colonialism is well worth unpacking.”

Swann Meralli is the author of L’Homme, with Ulric Stahl; Fermons les yeux, with Laura Deo; and the series Le petit livre qui dit, with Carole Crouzet.

Deloupy published the award-winning Love story à l’iranienne, with Jane Deuxard, and Pour la peau, with Sandrine Saint-Marc.