Memory In The Flesh

by Ahlam Mosteghanemi

Memory in the Flesh, the first novel written by an Algerian woman to become a bestseller in Arabic, centres on Algeria’s struggle against foreign domination, capturing four decades of that nation’s tumultuous history. This award-winning novel is told in the narrative voice of Khaled, a former revolutionary and painter who has lost his left arm in the struggle against France, and centres upon his love affair with the novelist Hayat, a woman many years his junior and the daughter of his former commander.