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The Repudiation [a novel]

Rachid Boudjedra, translated by Golda Lambrova, with an introduction by Heidi Abdel Jaouod
The Repudiation [a novel]
ISBN: 978-0-89410-729-0
ISBN: 978-0-89410-730-6
1994/195 pages/LC: 94-40541


In this turbulent novel of shame, violence, and hypocritical morality, the adolescent son of a repudiated mother grows up in a hostile, erotic, bourgeois world, where he must fight for his own soul. Using violence against violence, the young hero seeks to realize his better nature by overcoming the powers of hedonism, religious conformity, and tribalism. First published in French in 1969.


Rachid Boudjedra is one of the most innovative and controversial writers of postindependence North Africa. His books are heavily psychological and phantasmagorical; exploring multiple kinds of awareness, including dream states and delirium, they abound with themes of alienation, social ostracism, and incest.
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