‘Fatma n’Parapli’: Comix Exploring Women’s Lives, Mental Illness, and Community

In addition to being "mad," she was also very clever, and could compose rhyming poetry off the top of her head. She was also a tragic figure in that her mental illness set in after the death of many members of her family during the war, and she was forced to raise her four children on her own.

Abdelouahab Aissaoui on Publishing Realities, Challenges, and Dreams in Algeria

"A few days ago, I attended the Kuwait Book Fair, and saw that all Arab countries were there, represented by more than one publisher, except Algeria, and this is because of backward laws."

IPAF Longlistee Samir Kacimi, on the Evolution of the Algerian Novel

"So, to make up for lost time, I took out the doors and I painted them on the balcony. To make sure they would dry, I left them there and went to sleep, until I was awakened by my four-year-old son who was in a panic and was screaming that all the doors had disappeared. It is the horror I saw in his eyes and in the eyes of my wife that the idea of writing about a city with no doors grew in my mind."

‘Firewood of Sarajevo’: Testimonies against Amnesia and for an Alternative History

The novel was inspired, in part, by a 2018 workshop organized by me and Cherifa Kheddar, Director of the NGO Djazairouna, where we brought together survivors of the Algerian Civil war with writers, artists, psychologists, filmmakers and journalists. The objective was to translate first-hand testimonies into different media, including literature.