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List of famous writers from Algeria, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Algeria is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Algerian writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Algeria and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

Examples of writers on this list include Josée Dayan and Emmanuel Roblès.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Algerian writers?" and "Which writers are from Algeria?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Algeria in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Algeria, but they're all of Algeria descent.

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Albert Camus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Died at 47 (1913-1960) Albert Camus was a French Nobel Prize winning author, journalist, and philosopher. His views contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism. He wrote in his essay "The ...more

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Jacques Derrida is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Died at 74 (1930-2004) Jacques Derrida was a French philosopher, born in Algeria. Derrida is best known for developing a form of semiotic analysis known as deconstruction, which he discussed in numerous texts. He is ...more

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Augustine of Hippo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Died at 76 (354-430) Augustine of Hippo, also known as Saint Augustine or Saint Austin, was an early Christian theologian and philosopher whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity and Western ...more

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Jean-Claude Brialy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Died at 74 (1933-2007) Jean-Claude Brialy was a French actor, director and socialite.

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Daniel Auteuil is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
age 68 Daniel Auteuil is a French actor and director who has appeared in a wide range of film genres, including period dramas, romantic comedies, and crime thrillers. In 1996, he won the Best Actor ...more

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Assia Djebar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
age 82 Assia Djebar was the pen name of Fatima-Zohra Imalayen, an Algerian novelist, translator and filmmaker. Most of her works deal with obstacles faced by women, and she is noted for her feminist ...more

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Didier Bourdon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
age 59 Didier Bourdon is a French Algerian-born actor, screenwriter and film director. He first reached stardom in France when he created the comedic trio Les Inconnus with Bernard Campan and Pascal ...more

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Jacques Fieschi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
age 70 Jacques Fieschi is a French screenwriter. He has written for more than 30 films since 1985. He wrote and directed the film French California, which was screened in the Un Certain Regard section ...more

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Patrick Timsit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
age 59 Patrick Timsit is a French comedian, writer and film director. He has been nominated for 4 César Awards, three times as an actor and once as a writer. He is most well known for the French ...more

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Hélène Cixous is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
age 81 Hélène Cixous is a professor, French feminist writer, poet, playwright, philosopher, literary critic and rhetorician. She holds honorary degrees from Queen's University and the ...more

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Mohammed Dib is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Mohammed Dib Died at 83 (1920-2003) Mohammed Dib was an Algerian author. He wrote over 30 novels, as well as numerous short stories, poems, and children's literature in the French language. He is probably Algeria's most prolific ...more

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Lyes Salem is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
age 45 Lyès Salem is an actor, film director and screenwriter.

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Ahmed Mekky is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
age 38 Ahmed Mekky is an Egyptian television and stage actor, writer, director, and rapper.

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Rachid Boudjedra is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
age 77 Rashid Boudjedra is an Algerian poet, novelist, playwright and critic. Boudjedra wrote in French from 1965 to 1981, at which point he switched to writing in Arabic, often translating his own ...more

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Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
age 84 Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina is an Algerian film director. He is best known for his 1975 film Chronicle of the Years of Embers. He is one of the most prominent figures in contemporary Arabic cinema.

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Yasmina Khadra is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
age 63 Yasmina Khadra is the pen name of the Algerian author Mohammed Moulessehoul.

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Azouz Begag is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
age 61 Azouz Begag, is a French writer, politician and researcher in economics and sociology at the CNRS. He was the delegate minister for equal opportunities of France in the government of French ...more

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Frantz Fanon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Died at 36 (1925-1961) Frantz Fanon was a Martinique-born Afro-Caribbean psychiatrist, philosopher, revolutionary, and writer whose works are influential in the fields of post-colonial studies, critical theory, and ...more

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Maria Cardinal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Died at 72 (1929-2001) Maria Cardinal is a screenwriter and actress.

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Josée Dayan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
age 75 Josée Dayan is a film director.

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Dominique Cardona is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
age 63 Dominique Cardona is a film director, film producer and screenwriter.

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Ahmed Rachedi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
age 80 Ahmed Rachedi is an Algerian film director and screenwriter. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture for the film Z, which he helped produce. His 1971 film L'Opium et le ...more

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Ahlam Mosteghanemi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
age 65 Ahlam Mosteghanemi, is an Algerian writer who has been called "the world's best-known arabophone woman novelist".

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Tariq Teguia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Tariq Teguia age 52 Tariq Teguia is a film director, screenwriter and film producer.

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Mahmoud Zemmouri is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
age 72 Mahmoud Zemmouri is a film director, actor and screenwriter.

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Fatma Zohra Zamoum is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
age 51 Fatma Zohra Zamoum is a Franco-Algerian writer, filmmaker and educator.

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Louis Gardel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
age 79 Louis Gardel is a notable French novelist, screenwriter, and publisher, born in Algiers in 1939. He is also publishing director of Éditions du Seuil and a permanent member of the Prix

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Boualem Sansal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Boualem Sansal age 69 Boualem Sansal is an Algerian author. In 2012, he was named winner of the Prix du Roman Arabe, but the prize money was withdrawn due to Sansal's visit to Israel to speak at the Jerusalem Writers ...more

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Rachid Mimouni is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Died at 50 (1945-1995) Rachid Mimouni was an Algerian writer, teacher and human rights activist. Mimouni wrote novels describing Algerian society in a realist style. He was threatened by Islamic militants for his ...more

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Lamine Ammar Khodja is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Lamine Ammar Khodja age 35 Lamine Ammar Khodja is a film director, cinematography, film editor and actor.

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Georges Tabet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Died at 79 (1905-1984) Georges Tabet was a screenwriter, actor, writer and musician.

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Tahar Djaout is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Died at 39 (1954-1993) Tahar Djaout was an Algerian journalist, poet, and fiction writer. He was assassinated in 1993 by the Armed Islamic Group.

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Bernard Murat is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Bernard Murat age 77 Bernard Murat is an actor, director and screenwriter.

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Mouloud Feraoun is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Mouloud Feraoun Died at 49 (1913-1962) Mouloud Feraoun was an Algerian writer and martyr of the Algerian revolution born in Tizi Hibel, Kabylie. Some of his books, written in French, have been translated into several languages ...more

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Jean-Claude Guillebaud is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Jean-Claude Guillebaud age 74 Jean-Claude Guillebaud is a screenwriter.

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Kateb Yacine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Kateb Yacine Died at 60 (1929-1989) Kateb Yacine was an Algerian writer notable for his novels and plays, both in French and Algerian Arabic dialect, and his advocacy of the Berber cause.

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Mouloud Mammeri is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Mouloud Mammeri Mouloud Mammeri is a writer, anthropologist, poet and linguist

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Abdelkader Alloula is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Died at 65 (1929-1994) Abdelkader Alloula was an Algerian playwright. He was assassinated by Islamists.

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Leila Sebbar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Leila Sebbar age 77 Leïla Sebbar is an Algerian author, born on 9 November 1941, the daughter of a French mother and an Algerian father. She spent her youth in colonial Algeria but now lives in Paris. She ...more

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Malek Bennabi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Malek Bennabi Died at 68 (1905-1973) Malek Bennabi was an Algerian writer and philosopher, who wrote about human society, particularly Muslim society with a focus on the reasons behind the fall of Muslim civilization. He is mostly ...more

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Emmanuel Roblès is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Emmanuel Roblès Died at 81 (1914-1995) Emmanuel Roblès was an Algerian-French author. He was elected a member of the Académie Goncourt in 1973. He was one of many influential "pied-noir" of his time.

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Jean Amrouche is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Jean Amrouche Died at 56 (1906-1962) Jean-Elmouhoub Amrouche was an Algerian francophone writer, poet and journalist. Born to a Catholic family in Algeria, his parents were Kabyles who converted to Christianity. Amrouche emigrated ...more

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Ahmad Maceo Eldridge Cleaver is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Ahmad Maceo Eldridge Cleaver age 49

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Taos Amrouche is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Died at 63 (1913-1976) Marie-Louise-Taos Amrouche was an Algerian writer and singer. In 1947, she became the first Algerian woman to publish a novel.

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Jean Sénac is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Died at 47 (1926-1973) Jean Sénac was an Algerian author. Born of an unknown father in Béni Saf in the Oran region of Algeria, the "poet who signed with a sun", was murdered in Algiers on ...more

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Jacques Robert is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Jacques Robert age 90 Jacques Robert is a French jurist, former member of the Constitutional Council of France, former director of the French-Japanese House in Tokyo, former vice-president of the Venice Commission, ...more

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Amin Zaoui is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Amin Zaoui age 62 Amin Zaoui is an Algerian novelist. He was born in Bab el Assa in Tlemcen province and studied at the University of Oran, obtaining a PhD in comparative literature. He moved to France during the ...more

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Tahar Lamri is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Tahar Lamri age 60 Tahar Lamri, is an Algerian writer.

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Latifa Ben Mansour is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Algeria
Latifa Ben Mansour age 68 Latifa Ben Mansour is an Algerian writer, psychoanalyst, and linguist. Her work deals with issues such as the role of women in Algerian society, Islamic extremism, storytelling, trauma, and