"Banha-te, Nedjma, prometo-te não ceder à tristeza quando o teu encanto se dissolver pois não há nenhum atributo da tua beleza que não me tenha tornado a água cem vezes mais cara; não é a fantasia que me faz sentir este imenso afecto por um caldeirão. Amo cegamente o objecto sem memória em que se disputam os últimos manes dos meus amores."
Pathogenic effects of colonial and psychiatric violence
"Algerian novelist Kateb Yacine was at the center of the Algerian revolution as a teenager. As an upper class Algerian with both Qur’anic and French colonial education he embodied the cultural quandary of the évolué: native Arabs afforded the best of the mission civilisatrice and caught between two cultures. His mother also suffered from serious mental illness and was repeatedly hospitalized for years, including an extended stay at Blida psychiatric hospital. In various fictional guises, she becomes a recurring trope in Yacine’s work of the pathogenic effects of colonial and psychiatric violence. (...)"
Vernon A. Rosario University of California, Los Angeles
H-France Review Vol. 8 (January 2008), No. 7