In her first novel “Ecorces” (Hala), writer Hajar Bali proposes a family epic in which intimate stories of bold women, tales of forbidden love and the paths of men mixed with hereditary maternal dominion are mixed.
This version of the “Al-Barzakh” publications, in its 276 pages, narrates the interlinked lives of four generations living in intolerable mixing, and these events are taking place against the background of stations in the history of Algeria. Among the characters of the novel is a student of mathematics, Noor, 23, who lives in a very small apartment with his mother, Mary, his grandmother, Fatima, and his father’s grandmother, Bayah. In this “feminist space” there is the grandmother Baya, who is 95 years old, and she is “a brave woman who defied the prohibitions and the customs of her time” for liberation and also for the comfort of her only son. The old man transmitted the family’s memory to her grandson, who is trying to open up to the world, life and love. ” Bayah insisted – when she was a young mother who was abandoned by her husband – that she raised her son Aaron on her own, so she moved from Constantine to Setif, worked for a family, and worked until the date of the massacres of May 8, 1945.