Faïza Guène is a French writer and director. Born in Bobigny, France, in to parents of Algerian origin she is best known for her two novels, Kiffe kiffe demain and Du rêve pour les oufs. She has also directed several short films, including Rien que des mots. This Page is automatically generated based on what Facebook users are interested in, and not affiliated with or endorsed by anyone associated with the topic. in Faïza Guène’s Kiffe kiffe demain (), a novel about Faïza Guène, like Doria, her alter ego, feels like an anomaly mixed cultural identities who live in the banlieues de. Paris. resignation of kif-kif demain to embrace the novelty and.

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Amidst racism, poverty, and growing up with a single mom, Doria, the main character, writes in a smart, snarky, sardonic voice, making fun but in an enjoyable way of teachers, neighbors, will focusing hate at her father who has abandoned her. Written in the no nonsense a bit rash style of a teenager the book grabs you from beginning to end.

The curious and open minded. Contemporary fiction about immigrants, and about poorer people who aren’t struggling creatives in other European countries is something I’ve long wanted to read more of, but not much is translated.

Faïza Guène

It’s also potentially educational in that there’s a lot to look up about French pop culture of the late 90s and early 00s, the sort of casual references you might get IRL: Nov 26, Drew rated it it was ok Shelves: Reading about the conditions of life for some of these ddemain women only makes you want to change things for the unfortunate immigrants. The demaln makes sense without knowing all these references, but I enjoy finding out this sort of stuff. I honestly don’t know what to think about this book.

No trivia or quizzes yet. I was going to write a review about this book, but then I remembered that I don’t remember anything about demaun. Quick read, and not boring-per-se, but I didn’t really think that the book was particularly insightful.

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This is the story of a young Algerian girl who lives in the slums surrounding Paris. Somewhat bleak but interesting story, doubly worth reading since the shootings at Charlie Hebdo. To view it, click here.

I wanna thank an old friend whose favorite book was the French version of this exquisite novel. Jan 02, April rated it it was amazing Vuene I’ve never read a story about this group in France–preferring to focus on the artisan and historical stories–and I found the story to be full of rage, Americanisms and sadness. Il se mariera sans les inviter? This woman, she’s really a shit-stirrer. The comparison with Catcher in the Rye and The Invisible Man is as much to suggest that this work deserves to become a French classic.

Narrator Doria’s voice may grate for some readers and the ending is perhaps a bit too neat in that YA way. Finished reading this book Friday morning on my metro ride in to work.

Elle vit seule avec sa mere dans une cite de Livry-Gargan depuis que son pere est parti un matin dans un taxi gris trouver au Maroc une femme plus jeune et plus feconde. This was a great book for the metro since you could pick it up and put it down without losing any train of thought or end during a critical piece of analysis.

Mom had hardly opened the door when she flashed her perfect white teeth and started up: Open Preview See a Problem? Ca, chez Doria, ca s’appelle le mektoub, le destin: Aug 24, Antonomasia rated it really liked it Shelves: Peu importe, “Maman et moi on s’en fout de pas faire partie de la jet-set. He thought I’d forged my mom’s name on the slip.

But the rich content, beautifully balanced with a great authorial touch, did balance that. Born to parents of Algerian origin, she grew up in Pantin, in the north-eastern suburbs of Paris. Great perspective on class, gender and xenophobia in France, but given in a mostly humorous instead of tragic way.

Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow

French-born Moroccan adolescent girl growing up in poor suburbs around Paris with her Moroccan mother and absent father. I guess there even could be some Russian girls who have never laced up a pair of skates in their life.


It only exists in Africa. How stupid is that?

Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow by Faïza Guène

I have never understood why so many older child and teenage narrators pepper their stories with “I wish [really bad thing] would happen to [so and so]”. Maybe I’d do ice dancing, but not in those cheapskate local competitions where you win chocolate medals and T-shirts. Please combine Kiffe kiffe demain 3 Aug 17, Jan 22, Fabian rated it it was amazing. A fresh look on immigration and on surviving even in difficult conditions. No, real ice skating, like in the Olympics, with the most beautiful classical music, guys from all over the world who judge your performance like they do at school, and whole stadiums to cheer even if you go splat like a steak.

Return to Book Page. The voice of the young girl is sometimes angry but it is an anger that is directed to the injustices that are commited around her, and to the people who treat her like an outsider and an unimportant entity, so the anger is very justifiable Tuene, neighbours, aunties … Yes, community is so kkff.

No wonder the French went gaga over this new Sagan, this new Salinger. Nov 15, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This book didn’t exist when I was doing A-levels, but Kiffe Kiffe plus an older classic would be a better choice than two of the latter, and certainly gives a less rarefied view of France than the likes of Marcel Pagnol.

I love coming of age novels, but this protagonist is barely memorable. The title of this book, Kiffe kiffe demainmust give translators nightmares.

Doria holds it all together. It struck me how this wouldn’t have seemed anything remarkable in fiction, or a magazine anecdote, 20 or even 10 years ago – although by then a similar reaction to being ‘ravished’ would have been considered off, and bad writing, by many. Another copy I picked up at the demani