First Edition of Assia Djebar's The Mischief; Inscribed by Her
Item Number: 437
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1958.
First edition in English of Djebar’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth. Warmly inscribed by Assia Djebar on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by John Alcorn. Translated from the French by Frances Frenaye.
Assia Djebar was an Algerian novelist, translator and filmmaker. Most of her works deal with obstacles faced by women, and she was noted for her feminist stance. She is "frequently associated with women's writing movements, her novels are clearly focused on the creation of a genealogy of Algerian women, and her political stance is virulently anti-patriarchal as much as it is anti-colonial." Djebar is considered to be one of North Africa's pre-eminent and most influential writers. She was elected to the Académie française in June 2005, the first writer from the Maghreb to achieve such recognition. For the entire body of her work she was awarded the 1996 Neustadt International Prize for Literature.