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Algeria

Aziz Chouaki

Aziz Chouaki was born in 1951, grew up in Algeria with his mother, and learned to play the guitar to the music of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Jimi Hendrix, music later forbidden by the...

Zahia Rahmani

The Algerian-born academic and author Zahia Rahmani is one of France’s leading art historians and writers of fiction, memoirs, and cultural criticism. She is the author of a literary trilogy...

Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès

Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès was born in 1954 in Sidi-Bel-Abbès, Algeria. He has been writing full-time since the 1990s, and is also a member of the French Archeological Mission and an...

Rachid Boudjedra

Rachid Boudjedra was born in Aïn Béïda in 1941. He was schooled at the Collège Sadiki in Tunis and fought for the FLN during the War of Independence. Ever since his...

Souâd Belhaddad

Souâd Belhaddad was born in Algeria and grew up in France.  A journalist, she received the prestigious prize of the Association des Femmes Journalistes (Association of Women...

Mustapha Benfodil

Mustapha Benfodil was born in 1968 in Relizane, in western Algeria. He is a novelist and playwright, and works as a reporter at the Algerian daily newspaper El Watan. His books include...

Jean Sénac

Jean Sénac (1926–73) was a Francophone Algerian poet who published a number of poetry collections during his life, including Poèmes Illiaques, Avant-Corps, La Mythe de la...

Nawel Louerrad

Nawel Louerrad was born in 1981 in Oran, Algeria. After training as an architect, she studied theatrical design in Nantes, then theatrical studies in Montpellier. She returned to Algeria and...

Leïla Marouane

Leïla Marouane was born in Algeria in 1960 and has lived and worked in Paris since 1990. In addition to The Sexual Life of an Islamist in Paris, she is the author of four novels and one...

Boualem Sansal

Boualem Sansal was born in Algiers, Algeria, in 1949. Trained as an engineer with a doctorate in economics, he began writing novels at the age of fifty after retiring from his job as a...

Habib Tengour

Habib Tengour was born in 1947 in Mostaganem, Eastern Algeria, and raised on the Arab and Berber voices of marketplace storytellers. He has lived most of his life between Algeria and Paris....

Maïssa Bey

Maïssa Bey has published six novels and two story collections in France and Algeria. All await translation into English. Her Nouvelles d'Algerie (Grasset, 1998) won the Grand Prix de la...

Amara Lakhous

Amara Lakhous was born in Algiers in 1970. He has a degree in philosophy from the University of Algiers and another in cultural anthropology from the University la Sapienza, Rome. He recently...

Yasmina Khadra

Yasmina Khadra is the nom de plume of the former Algerian army officer Mohammed Moulessehoul. His newest book, The Sirens of Baghdad, will be published in May 2007. He is the author of six other...

Mounsi

Singer and novelist Mounsi was born in Algeria and sent as a child to live with his father in the industrial Parisian suburb, Nanterre. In borstal he discovered the poetry of François...

Mohammed Dib

Mohammed Dib is considered one of the founding fathers of North African Francophone literature. Born in western Algeria in 1920, he gained fame as a novelist with the publication of his...

Mohamed Magani

Mohamed Magani is the author of the novels La Faille du ciel, which won the Grand Prix Littéraire International de la Ville d'Alger; Esthétique de boucher; Un Temps berlinois;...
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