Rachid Boudjedra’s Timimoun uses the theatrical convention of a minibus taking tourists to the desert. In this mini-bus, news from the outside world is brought through the radio, which plays the part of a messenger. The narration moves forward by a progression of press releases that report bombings committed by terrorists. The barbarian nature of the acts is transcribed on the page by means of typography. The spatial/visual convention itself is set in concentric lexical fields – liquid, then desertic – erected as fences in an attempt to confine the unbearable.
"Transcrire l'horreur sur l'espace de la page,"
Présence Francophone: Revue internationale de langue et de littérature: Vol. 63
, Article 12.
Available at: https://crossworks.holycross.edu/pf/vol63/iss1/12