review LE SIÈCLE DES SAUTERELLES


A book of beauty. A stream of words, crafted by Malika. At times I drifted along with her stream of thoughts and words used. To me this book is a beautiful book. This story is set in the desert areas of Algeria, during the colonial days., when the French colonial power tried to rule this … Continue reading review LE SIÈCLE DES SAUTERELLES

Review LA PESTE


The Algerian / French writer Albert Camus wrote a few classics and became an important voice in the literary world of the northern hemisphere. He was born in Mondovi (nowadays Dréan) in the northeastern corner of Algeria in the year 1913 in a pied-noir family. Shortly after the Second World War he published his La … Continue reading Review LA PESTE

Habib al-Sayah: Cracking ‘the Shell of the Taboo Around Talking about Algerian Jews’


Algeria as we know it has a long, very long history. One group has been living in Algeria for many centuries. They came from the east, the near east. They came from the north, from the Iberian Peninsula, after persecution. These jews settled in what is now Algeria and live there up till this day.  … Continue reading Habib al-Sayah: Cracking ‘the Shell of the Taboo Around Talking about Algerian Jews’

Aus Gleichgültigkeit einen Araber erschossen


Denis Scheck writes about classic books. This time ‘L’étranger’, written by the Algeria-born Albert Camus. A famous book that has been translated into many languages. Even another book was written by Kamel Daoud taking a lead from The Stranger. In this article in a German newspaper you will find his thoughts on this important book.

“I write in French to tell the French I am not French.”


The colonial languages have left a deep mark on the continent. In the north of the continent Algeria was colonized by the French power. How did this affect the world of word, collected in books, novels, poetry? In this article by Marilyn Hacker we get an overview of the Algerian world of poetry in the … Continue reading “I write in French to tell the French I am not French.”