A Passenger from the West
Nabile Fares (Author) Peter Thompson (Translator)
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DescriptionFiction. Literary Nonfiction. Translated by Peter Thompson. In 1970, Nabile Far s was asked to interview James Baldwin for Jeune Afrique magazine, an experience which set in motion A PASSENGER FROM THE WEST. What begins in this book as an interview with Baldwin confronting the history of Black America leads Far s into a journey through his own past. Vivid encounters in France and Spain connect with Far s's remembrances of his native Algeria, its war for independence, and the traumatizing effect it had on him as a child. The original Jeune Afrique interview with Baldwin is included as an appendix to the novel. "It is Far s's unique sensitivity to the power of allegory that gives his work its distinctive place in Maghrebi literature. His work marks a turning point and foreshadows the tragedy to come in Algeria."--R da Bensma a, Brown University "Here, in this unique, multicultural space, Far s engages the diverse complexities of our globalized age before we even knew they existed."--Val rie K. Orlando, University of Maryland
Dialogos / Lavender Ink
September 01, 2018
5.4 X 0.6 X 8.4 inches | 0.48 pounds
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About the Author
Nabile Fares, ethnologist, philosopher, dramaturge, poet, novelist and psychoanalyst was born in Collo (Kabylia peninsula, Algeria) in 1940. Thus he was a teenager at the time of the student demonstrations and the reciprocal massacres (French forces and settlers versus the Algerians) which began the Algerian War (the war of independence, 1954-62). Farès's father sent him to France to study--and to be safe. Nabile was one of the few Algerian students in Paris to choose to return to the struggle. He was on the east side of the Tunisian border--where FLN (National Liberation Front and their army) camps operated--when the war ended. Many Algerian writers saw the next years--eventually spanning decades--as a disappointment, and then a betrayal. It is this betrayal that haunts the trilogy of novels that form the core of Farès' work, DISCOVERY OF THE NEW WORLD (Dialogos, 2021). He is also the author of A PASSENGER FROM THE WEST (Dialogos / Lavender Ink, 2018) and EXILE: WOMEN'S TURN (Dialogos / Lavender Ink, 2017). He died in Paris in 2016.
Peter Thompson is Reader in the Department of Germanic Studies and Director of The Centre for Ernst Bloch Studies at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of The Crisis of the German Left: the PDS, Stalinism and the Global Economy (Bergahn, 2005), God's Atheist: Ernst Bloch and Transcendental Materialism (Brill, 2014), Does Marx Still Matter? (Zero, 2014), and The Metaphysics of Pure Contingency (Upper West Side Philosophers, forthcoming) and the editor of The Privatization of Hope: Ernst Bloch and the Future of Utopia (Duke, 2013).