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A Sister to Scheherazade

A Sister to Scheherazade
Author: Assia Djebar
ISBN 13: 9780435086220
ISBN 10: 435086227
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication Date: 1993-03-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
List Price: $22.50

Isma and Hajila are both wives of the same man, but they are not rivals.

Isma - older, vibrant, passionate, emancipated - is in stark contrast to the passive, cloistered Hajila. In alternating chapters, Isma tells her own story in the first person, and then Hajila's in the second person. She details how she escaped from the traditional restraints imposed upon the women of her country - and how, in making her escape, she condemns Hajila to those very restraints. When Hajila catches a glimpse of an unveiled woman, she realized that she, too, wants a life beyond the veil, and it is Isma who offers her the key to her own freedom.