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Shérazade Leïla Sebbar

Shérazade

Leïla Sebbar

Published March 1st 2000
ISBN : 9780704381254
Paperback
285 pages
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Shérazade is seventeen, Algerian, and a runaway in Paris. She searches for her true identity but is caught between worlds of Africa and Europe, her parents and her own, colony and capital. Ultimately it is an account of possession, identity and theMoreShérazade is seventeen, Algerian, and a ­runaway in Paris. She searches for her true identity but is caught between worlds of Africa and Europe, her parents and her own, colony and capital. Ultimately it is an ­account of possession, identity and the realities of urban life in the late twentieth century. She is pursued by Julian, the son of French-Algerians who is an ardent Orientalist. Pigeon-holed by Julian into the ­stereotypical exotic mold, Shérazade endeavors to create her own definition of Algerian ­femininity and in doing so breaks down conventions and stereotypes. It is Julians obsession with her that spurs her on to self-discovery and to make decisions about her future.