Assia Djebar
Assia Djebar

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Name: Assia Djebar
Occupation: Novelist
Gender: Female
Birth Day: June 30, 1936
Death Date: Feb 6, 2015 (age 78)
Age: Aged 78
Birth Place: Cherchell, Algeria
Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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Assia Djebar

Assia Djebar was born on June 30, 1936 in Cherchell, Algeria (78 years old). Assia Djebar is a Novelist, zodiac sign: Cancer. Find out Assia Djebarnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


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

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As per our current Database, Assia Djebar died on Feb 6, 2015 (age 78).

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Before Fame

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

Biography Timeline


Djebar was born Fatima-Zehra Imalayen on 30 June 1936 in Cherchell, Algeria, to Tahar Imalhayène and Bahia Sahraoui, a family of Berber origin. She was raised in Cherchell, a small seaport village near Algiers in the Province of Aïn Defla. Djebar's father taught French at Mouzaïaville, a primary school she attended. Later, Djebar attended a Quranic private boarding school in Blida, where she was one of only two girls. She studied at Collège de Blida, a high school in Algiers, where she was the only Muslim in her class. She attended the École normale supérieure de jeunes filles in 1955, becoming the first Algerian and Muslim woman to be educated at France's most elite schools. Her studies were interrupted by the Algerian War, but she later continued her education in Tunis.


In 1957, she chose the pen name Assia Djebar for the publication of her first novel, La Soif ("The Thirst"). Another book, Les Impatients, followed the next year. Also in 1958, she and Ahmed Ould-Rouïs began a marriage that would eventually end in divorce. Djebar taught at the University of Rabat (1959-1962) and then at the University of Algiers.


In 1962, Djebar returned to Algeria and published Les Enfants du Nouveau Monde, and followed that in 1967 with Les Alouettes Naïves. She lived in Paris between 1965 and 1974 before returning to Algeria again. She remarried in 1980 to the Algerian poet Malek Alloula. The couple lived in Paris, where she had a research appointment at the Algerian Cultural Center.


In 1985, Djebar published L'Amour, la fantasia (translated as Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade, Heinemann, 1993), in which she "repeatedly states her ambivalence about language, about her identification as a Western-educated, Algerian, feminist, Muslim intellectual, about her role as spokesperson for Algerian women as well as for women in general."

In 1985, she won the Franco-Arab Friendship Prize, for L'Amour la Fantasia.


In 1996, Djebar won the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature for her contribution to world literature.


In 2000, she won the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade.


In 2005, Djebar was elected to France's foremost literary institution, the Académie française, an institution tasked with guarding the heritage of the French language and whose members, known as the "immortals", are chosen for life. She was the first writer from North Africa to be elected to the organization. and the fifth woman to join the Academy. Djebar was a Silver Chair professor of Francophone literature at New York University.


On 30 June 2017 Google dedicated a Doodle to the novelist for the 81st anniversary of her birth. The Doodle reached all the countries of the Arab World.

Family Life

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

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