Two Algerian Writers: Building Bridges in a Post-Colonial World


Tucson City Council Ward 6 Office Meeting Room
3202 East First Street
85716 Tucson , AZ


Mon, 04/24/2017 - 7:00pm to Wed, 05/25/2022 - 5:38am
Tucson Tikkun Community 
Through the writings of two popular Algerian authors, Kamel Daoud and Mohammed Moulessehoul, Western readers are able to gain insights into the values and attitudes of people in Post-Colonial societies.
Kamel Daoud's novel "The Counter-Investigation" was recently on the finalists' list of the prestigious Goncourt Prize. The author was also the object of a fatwa calling for his execution. Mohammed Moulessehoul, a prolific and popular writer on a range of Post-Colonial issues, including those in Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel/Palestine, has sought anonymity in the pseudonym of Yasmina Khadra. In an interview with a German radio station in 2006, Khadra said “The West interprets the world as it likes. It develops certain theories that fit into its world outlook, but do not always represent the reality.”
Both writers address the paradoxes and challenges of the writer's task of truth telling.
Galina De Roeck was born in Bihach, Bosnia of Russian parents and grew up in Germany, Morocco, and Australia. She has a PhD in Comparative Literature and is retired from teaching Russian at the University of Arizona