In Photos: ‘Writers of the World’ Exhibition in the Metro Stations of Algiers

The International Festival of Literature and Young People’s Literature (FELIV) opened in Algiers on June 11 and is set to close tomorrow.

By Nadia Ghanem

Publishers, authors and the public are meeting to browse, discuss and debate literature produced around the world, its place, and its future.  Many authors were invited and many are to be found chatting around the esplanade of Riadh El Feth, signing copies for readers, and posing with them for photos. Books presented by publishing houses are in French and Arabic. Debates are held in French.

As part of the Festival, photographer Francesco Gattoni put together an exhibition of his photographs of “Authors Around the World.” Fifty writers’ portraits are to be found in three stations of Algiers’ metro: Tafourah, Les Jardins d’Essai, and Les Fusilés. Next to each portrait, a presentation of the author and a text in French and Arabic speaks of the author, presents excerpts of an author’s work or lets the author speak.

For those who can’t make it, here are the portraits exhibited in Tafourah and Les Jardins d’Essais. They should give you great ideas for your next reads over the next few months.

Metro Station : Tafourah

Wendy Guerra – Cuba


Bernard Wallet – France


Yahia Belaskri – Algeria



Valerio Evangelisti – Italy


Annie Ernaud – France


W.G. Sebald –  Germany



Julien Delmaire – France



Naguib Mahfouz – Egypt

Dany Laferrière – Haiti/Canada



Fernando Arrabal – Spain


Rawi Hage – Canada



Maurice Nadeau – France



Sordj Chalandon – France



James Noel – Haiti


Metro Station : Les Jardin d’Essais 

Anouar Benmalek – Algeria




Ivan Thays – Peru

Gary Victor –  Haiti

Sergio Ferrero – Italy


Edouard Glissant – Martinique



Eduardo Berti – Argentina



Erri de Luca –  Italy


Karla Suarez – Cuba


Luis Sepulveda – Chile



Pietro Citati – Italy



Reina Maria Rodriguez – Havana



Alfredo Pita – Peru



Günter Grass –  Germany


Ismail Kadare – Albania


Leonora Miano – Cameroon



Arnaldur Indridason  – Iceland



Manuel Rivas – Spain



Susan Sontag –  America



Enrique Vila Matas – Spain



Nadia Ghanem tweets at @ayatghanem. This post initially appeared at her blog, Machaco Tellem Chaho.