Assia Djebar

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Birthday
30, 1936
Birthplace
Cherchell, Algeria
Death Date
Feb 6, 2015 (78)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
30, 1936
Birthplace
Cherchell, Algeria
Death Date
Feb 6, 2015 (78)

About

An Algerian-born feminist writer, she is known for such works as Les Enfants du Nouveau Monde and Les Impatients. She was the 1996 recipient of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature.

Before Fame

She attended a boarding school in Blida. She published her debut novel, La Soif (The Thirst), in 1957.

Trivia

She was the first Algerian woman ever to be accepted at the Ecole Normale Superieure, a prestigious Parisian school.

Family Life

She was born into a Muslim, Berber-speaking family in the Algerian Province of Ain Defla. Her father was a French teacher.

Associated With

She and Nicaraguan-born poet, Claribel Alegria, were both recipients of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature.