An identity of opposition against urban cosmopolitan setting in Yasmina Khadra’s The attack (2006)

Retno Sukardan Mamoto


Yasmina Khadra, a female name, pseudonym of Muhammed Moulessehoul,
an Algerian military officer for 25 years is now a French citizen. John Cullen
translates The attack (2006) from French. Rosenau’s post-modernist perspective
places the Israel-Palestine conflict in a context of social gap. Israel, a First World,
whereas Palestine Third World, are both in the Middle East region. Amin Jaafari
and his wife, Sihem, a couple of Arab naturalized citizens of Israel, live in urban
cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv. Opposing Amin’s success as a surgeon, Sihem
is more attracted to fight for the Palestinian liberation for a homeland. Sihem
camouflaged herself with prosthetic pregnancy, blew bombs in a Tel Aviv
café, and died. McLeod’s postcolonial point of view places Sihem as a hero.
Woodward’s concept of identity addresses the Jaafaris’ troubled identity. Thus,
opposition against urban cosmopolitan setting is the central theme as a notion
of identity of that of the protagonists responding to their set situation.


Postmodernist, postcolonial, identity, conformity, opposition, urban cosmopolitan.

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Woodward, Kathryn (ed.). 1999. Identity and difference. London: Sage Publications. (Culture, Media, Identities Series).



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