MACHAHO: A BERBER FOLK TALE by Carina Haouchine, Janette Ayachi, Leila Gamaz
A5, 60 pages, Colour/Black & white printing, Perfect bound, Softcover, 2022
This is the first English translation of Berber (Algerian, Kabylie) folk tales, taken from oral storytelling tradition. I have translated these stories from my own family's recountings. Including reimaginings of weird and wonderful tales such as The Grandpa Problem and The Orphan and The Moon. Accompanied by a poem from Janette Ayachi and an essay on family folklore by Leila Gamaz.
I can’t imagine how much these stories will differ from their origins. They have transcended centuries and been filtered through language and family interpretations, but perhaps that’s the magic of them. That they are still going.