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Assia Djebar

AKA Fatima Zohra Imalayen

Born: 4-Aug-1936
Birthplace: Cherchell, Algeria

Gender: Female
Religion: Muslim
Race or Ethnicity: Middle Eastern
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Author, Activist, Film Director

Nationality: Algeria
Executive summary: So Vast the Prison

Novelist, poet, and filmmaker Fatima-Zohra Imalayen adopted her pen name, Assia Djebar, with publication of her first novel, as her father disapproved of her writing. She was deeply involved in Algeria's resistance movement, but she writes in French, not Arabic, and her works are more readily available in the West and in English translation than in her own homeland. She was elected to the French Academy in 2006, its first member from France's former North African colonies.

Father: Tahar Imalhayène (teacher)
Mother: Bahia Sahraoui
Husband: Ahmed Ould-Rouïs (m. 1958, div.)
Husband: Malek Alloula (m. 1980)

    High School: Collège de Blida, Algiers, Algeria
    University: Lycée Fénélon
    University: École Normale Supérieure
    Teacher: History, University of Algiers (1962-66)
    Professor: French Literature, University of Algiers (1974-97)
    Professor: French Studies, Louisiana State University (1997-2001)
    Professor: French Literature & Civilization, New York University (2001-present)

    Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels 2000
    French Academy 2006
    Berber Ancestry (maternal)

Author of books:
La Soif (1957)
Les Impatients (1958)
Les Enfants du Nouveau Monde (1962)
Les Alouettes Naives (1967)
Poems pour l'Algerie Heureuse (1969, poetry)
Femmes d'Alger dans Leur Appartement (1980, short stories)
L'Amour, la Fantasia (1985)
Ombre Sultane (1987)
Loin de Médine (1991)
Vaste est la Prison (1995)
Le Blanc de l'Algérie (1996)
La Femme sans Sépulture (2002)
La Disparition de la Langue Française (2003)

Wrote plays:
Rouge l'Aube (1969, with Walid Garn)


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