On the Horizon: Novel of the Triply Divided Jew
Whether Arab or Berber, Mohammedan or Jewish, many of the intellectuals of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia seem to be doomed, in their political activities as in their literary efforts, to a peculiar kind of frustration. No longer content with the traditional culture of the Islamic world, already disappointed by much that the West once offered them, they must yet borrow from 19th-century French liberalism the ideas that now inspire their nationalist campaigns against French colonial policies. Whether in fiction or philosophy, in poetry or political thought, they no longer find their native Arabic an adequate linguistic vehicle for their autonomous thoughts and emotions. They must resort to French, the language of their secondary schools and of all their higher education.
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