Boualem Sansal’s Self-Narratives: Demystifying Algerian History Cover Image

Une démythification de l’histoire algérienne : enjeux du récit de soi dans l’œuvre de Boualem Sansal
Boualem Sansal’s Self-Narratives: Demystifying Algerian History

Author(s): Lisa Romain
Subject(s): French Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Marii Curie-Sklodowskiej
Keywords: auto-fiction ; commitment ; history

Summary/Abstract: As a fully committed writer, Boualem Sansal has “stepped in literature as he would have put on a combat gear”, to dismantle poisonous myths that prevent, for him, post-independent Algeria to look dispassionately into the future. Mobilizing all possible resources to fulfil his purpose, he logically turns towards self-narrative, which undertaken subjectivity is used as an answer to the falsification of objective historic by the ruling political power. The way Boualem Sansal re-appropriate self-narration, strongly strengthening the role played by the reader, makes his literary work a radically renewed approach of the relation between fiction and reality.

  • Issue Year: 40/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 104-121
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: French