Assia Djebar Biography
Birthday: June 30, 1936 (Cancer)
Born In: Cherchell
Assia Djebar was an Algerian author, essayist, and professor. She was known throughout the world for her feminist and post-colonial views on Algerian society. These views served as the foundation for all of her novels. Born in 1936, she came into adulthood during the height of the Algerian war for independence against the French. She spent the war time years interviewing refugees in Morocco and Tunisia to show the world the negative effects of colonialism. Her first four novels, written from 1957 to 1967, all embody this anti-colonial and anti-patriarchal stance. She has shown great perseverance throughout her life, as anti-patriarchal attitudes in a Muslim society causes great controversy. In fact, she adapted the pen name Assia Djebar for her first novel to hide her writings from her traditionalist father. From her very first novel Assia Djebar served as a voice for female empowerment. She had a long and award-winning career that solidified as one of the most significant female writers of the 20th century.