“A distinct account of the increase of the Berber cultural identification, specifically of the Kabyles of Algeria, nowa days. Luminaries reminiscent of Amrouche, Feraoun, Matoub, and Farès are impressively introduced again to life.”—Abdourahman A. Waberi, writer of Passage of Tears
“An insightful and significant addition to the sphere of postcolonial French experiences, tracing the improvement of Berber attention within the Thirties to the occasions of the ‘Arab Spring.’”—Patricia Geesey, collage of North Florida
“A delicate account of the paradoxical results of colonialism and its aftermath at the previously colonized. it's a must-read for anthropologists, literary students, and historians of the period.”—Vincent Crapanzano, writer of The Harkis
“An intimate and forceful inquiry into the Berber cultural stream and the stipulations of postcoloniality extra normally. Incorporating literature and song, heritage and politics, We Are Imazighen
brings the cultural lifetime of the Kabyle humans to an English-speaking viewers with grace and passion.”—David Crawford, writer of Moroccan families on this planet Economy
“Provides a framework for studying literary and oral fabric rooted in Berber tradition and expressing an alternate method of conceptualizing identity.”—Mildred Mortimer, writer of Writing from the Hearth
To the realm they're referred to as Berbers, yet they like to name themselves Imazighen, or “free people.” The declare to this specified cultural id has been felt such a lot acutely in Algeria within the Kabylia area, the place an Amazigh realization steadily emerged after WWII.
via tracing the cultural creation of the Kabyle people—their songs, oral traditions, and literature—from the early Nineteen Thirties during the finish of the 20 th century, Fazia Aïtel exhibits how they've got outlined their very own tradition over the years. eventually, she argues that the Amazigh literary culture is based on twin priorities: the will to foster a real discussion whereas preserving a different culture.