In Honor of Dihia Louiz: 6 More Algerian Women Writers Whose Work Should Be Translated into English

Fadela Farouk (فضيلة فاروق)
  Fadela Farouk was born in Constantine in 1967. Rabia Djelti (ربيعة جلطي)
Rabia Djelti is mostly known as a poet but she is also a notable novelist. According to Banipal Magazine who featured her in their issue 44 12 Women Writers (2012) she has published four novels, and two short story collections between 1997 and 2012. In 2015, she announced the release of a poetry collection (في حب قديس) published in Beirut. Her latest novel Peppermint Nostalgia (حنين بالنعناع) co-published in Lebanon and Algeria (2014) tells the story of a young woman Dhaouia who realises she has wings. She is, incidentally, the novelist Amin Zaoui’s other half.  
Nadia is ArabLit’s Algeria Editor and a doctoral student at the School of Oriental and African Studies, where she   specializes in the ancient languages of Iraq and Syria. She published her detective story Heart Beats in the Dead of the Night (نبضات آخر الليل) in 2015 with Viscera eds. Her use of magic realism and a use of the fantastic, almost gothic, are particularly interesting traits in her short-stories (see   شرايين عارية online on open access). She is one of the strongest women’s voices of Algerian literature on matters of women’s rights and who openly discussed issues of rape and violence against of women. Zakia Allal (زاكية علال)
Zakia Allal was born in 1966 in Algeria. She has published two short story collections. Some articles report that part of her work was translated in French and Spanish yet none are well known nor easily available. In honor of Algerian writer Dihia Louiz, who left us on Friday at the age of 32, a re-run of six more Algerian women writers whose work should be brought into English:
By Nadia Ghanem  
Amal Bouchareb (أمل بوشارب‎)
Amal Bouchareb was born in 1984 in Damascus. She has published a number of short-stories between 2000 and 2015, notably four collections with Letters to Defy Fire and Siege (رسائل تتحدى النار والحصار) – a series of letters by a Palestinian woman in Gaza who writes to her husband, gone to try and emigrate to America -, Naked Veins (شرايين عارية) stories in which the symbolism of blood as love and country is explored, The Return Ship Burnt (أحرقت سفينة العودة) and The Curse of Exile   (لعنة المنفى). Some of her poetry was translated into French but most such translated works are not easily available or out of stock. In 2015, she released her first novel Returning to My Grave (عائد إلى قبري), which tells the story of an Algerian journalist covering Iraq just before it falls while living in Algeria during the black decade. She becomes aware of a sixth continent in which all the human artists no matter the era they influenced still live. Animals are very much present in Assia’s work and this often places her stories on the border of the world of dreams and hallucinations. Advertisements

Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintLinkedInRedditGoogleTumblrPinterestPocketLike this:Like Loading…‹ Algerian Author Dihia Louiz Dies at 32Categories: Algeria Based between Algeria and the UK, she blogs   at   about living in Algeria, and Algerian literature. Both They Were Sewn Together (كانتا رَتقاً) published in 2007 by Intishar eds in Beirut (the title of which suggests a reference to verse 30 of the Quran’s 21st surah The Prophets) and Letter to Adam   (رسالة إلى آدم), published by Mim in 2011, particularly centre on the act and the process of looking into oneself. She released one short story collection Thirteen on Her (عليها ثلاثة عشر) in 2014 published by Chihab eds, and a thriller Flickers of a Star   (سَكرات نجمة)   in 2015 with Chihab also. Assia Ali Moussa (آسيا علي موسى)
Assia Ali Moussa is the founder and director of Mim Publishing. Unlike most other Algerian detective novels, her story is netted around woman as central characters. Nassima Bouloufa (نسيمة بولوفة)
Nassima Bouloufa is a discreet writer of short stories, who is also one of the rare Algerian women to write detective fiction. Her first work is a collection of thirteen stories, with each introducing a woman, twelve women in total like the 12 apostles whose characters meet and merge in the last. Last year she published the Prophetess (النبية) a long poem in the form of a narration (here is an extract). Her work is perhaps one of the most neglected of her generation especially since she left to live in Lebanon. Her thriller (سَكرات نجمة) mixes esoterism, the hand of Fatma, murder and Algerian music, and deserves a lot more attention than it has so far.