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review ç Inside the Battle of Algiers 106 ´ [Epub] ➛ Inside the Battle of Algiers ➜ Zohra Drif – Eyltransferservices.co.uk This gripping insider's account chronicles how and why a young woman in 1950s Algiers joined the armed wing of Algeria's national liberation movement to combat her country's French occupiers When thH great acclaim and no small amount of controversy It is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand not only the anti colonial struggles of the th century and their relevance today but also the specific challenges that women often confronted and overcame in those movements. I do not claim to be an unbiased reviewer of Inside the Battle of Algiers I have known the author for many years my wife is the publisher of the English translation and I have just come from a week of accompanying the author on a book launch tour in Washington DC and New York But despite my lack of “objectivity” I do claim to be an informed reviewer I have written two books of my own on Algeria and its politics have read much of the literature in both French and English and have visited the country at least twenty timesAnyone who has seen the remarkable film The Battle of Algiers will know the major events covered in this memoir But the book goes much further in introducing readers to the one major player in that saga Zohra Drif one of a small number of young women who joined the armed wing of the nationalist movement in 1956 at the age of twenty two Before getting into the details of the struggle however Mme Drif starts with her family and social background – the daughter of a rural notable a judge and his very traditional illiterate wife They gave Zohra Drif a deep rootedness in the traditional values of her society especially her mother and other female relatives and friends plus an opening on the modern world through the French schools that she attended at the insistence of her father from the age of six onward There she learned the French language saluted the French flag and learned that no matter how well she did in school she would never be treated as an eual by her European counterpartsWhile Zohra was studying at the prestigious Lycée Fromentin in Algiers The Algerian war for independence broke out on November 1 1954 She and her best friend Samia Lakhdari were eager to connect with the “Novembrists” but they had no idea of how to reach them The account of their self recruitment into the armed wing of the National Liberation front is fascinating They realized that their ability to speak French fluently and to pass as European could be an asset and the FLN leaders soon put them to the test Once they had proved themselves they moved into the clandestine world of the militants into Casbah Zohra and several other women as shown in the film planted bombs in the European parts of the city But the book goes well beyond the film telling how she felt before during and after the bombing To this day she justifies the bombings as the only way to force the colonizers to take seriously the demands for freedom of the AlgeriansInevitably the French cracked down harshly Large parts of the book tell of the close escapes of the top leadership Names that a few specialists will know but who have never seemed like real personalities such as the legendary Larbi Ben M’Hidi have a voice here as well as a personality Drif’s account of Ben M’Hidi’s explanation of the importance of seeing the struggle in political rather than as a military terms is remarkable When he is captured tortured and killed by the French one can sense that Algeria lost a potentially great leaderIn the last part of the book Zohra and her commanding officer Yacef Saadi are still at large but eventually they too are captured The details are told in a riveting style In September 1957 she was sentenced to prison served five years and was released along with other political prisoners at the time of independence in July 1962No one else could have written this book No one else will This is a personal memoir told by a woman who played a significant part in her country’s history I have read it and reread it and think that you should too

Inside the Battle of AlgiersH great acclaim and no small amount of controversy It is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand not only the anti colonial struggles of the th century and their relevance today but also the specific challenges that women often confronted and overcame in those movements. I do not claim to be an unbiased reviewer of Inside the Battle of Algiers I have known the author for many years my wife is the publisher of the English translation and I have just come from a week of accompanying the author on a book launch tour in Washington DC and New York But despite my lack of “objectivity” I do claim to be an informed reviewer I have written two books of my own on Algeria and its politics have read much of the literature in both French and English and have visited the country at least twenty timesAnyone who has seen the remarkable film The Battle of Algiers will know the major events covered in this memoir But the book goes much further in introducing readers to the one major player in that saga Zohra Drif one of a small number of young women who joined the armed wing of the nationalist movement in 1956 at the age of twenty two Before getting into the details of the struggle however Mme Drif starts with her family and social background – the daughter of a rural notable a judge and his very traditional illiterate wife They gave Zohra Drif a deep rootedness in the traditional values of her society especially her mother and other female relatives and friends plus an opening on the modern world through the French schools that she attended at the insistence of her father from the age of six onward There she learned the French language saluted the French flag and learned that no matter how well she did in school she would never be treated as an eual by her European counterpartsWhile Zohra was studying at the prestigious Lycée Fromentin in Algiers The Algerian war for independence broke out on November 1 1954 She and her best friend Samia Lakhdari were eager to connect with the “Novembrists” but they had no idea of how to reach them The account of their self recruitment into the armed wing of the National Liberation front is fascinating They realized that their ability to speak French fluently and to pass as European could be an asset and the FLN leaders soon put them to the test Once they had proved themselves they moved into the clandestine world of the militants into Casbah Zohra and several other women as shown in the film planted bombs in the European parts of the city But the book goes well beyond the film telling how she felt before during and after the bombing To this day she justifies the bombings as the only way to force the colonizers to take seriously the demands for freedom of the AlgeriansInevitably the French cracked down harshly Large parts of the book tell of the close escapes of the top leadership Names that a few specialists will know but who have never seemed like real personalities such as the legendary Larbi Ben M’Hidi have a voice here as well as a personality Drif’s account of Ben M’Hidi’s explanation of the importance of seeing the struggle in political rather than as a military terms is remarkable When he is captured tortured and killed by the French one can sense that Algeria lost a potentially great leaderIn the last part of the book Zohra and her commanding officer Yacef Saadi are still at large but eventually they too are captured The details are told in a riveting style In September 1957 she was sentenced to prison served five years and was released along with other political prisoners at the time of independence in July 1962No one else could have written this book No one else will This is a personal memoir told by a woman who played a significant part in her country’s history I have read it and reread it and think that you should too

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