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Forbidden Vision

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This extraordinary first novel by a 25-year-old French-Algerian writer was accepted for immediate publication in France and went on to sell more than 120,000 copies there.Forbidden Vision is the compelling first-person account of a woman's forced enclosure among a repressive and abusive family in Moslem Algiers; her only escape from confinement is the hypnotic tale she weaves in her mind. The novel weaves together two passionately developed themes: the violent repression of women, not only by Islamic culture, but by western patriarchal culture as well; and the liberating power of the imagination. This latter theme is expressed through the expressive power of the writing itself, which is preserved in this remarkable translation.


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April 1998 : USA Paperback

Title: Forbidden Vision
Author(s): Nina Bouraoui
ISBN: 1-886449-69-4 / 978-1-886449-69-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Barrytown Limited
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June 1995 : USA Paperback

Title: Forbidden Vision
Author(s): Nina Translated by K Melissa Marcus Bouraoui
ISBN: 0-88268-177-X / 978-0-88268-177-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Station Hill Press
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