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Famous Writers from Algeria

Updated June 8, 2017 12.1k views49 items

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.
  • 1

    Albert Camus

    Dec. at 47 (1913-1960)

    BirthplaceDréan, Algeria


    WorksThe Stranger, The Plague, The Fall, The Rebel, The Myth of Sisyphus

    Albert Camus (; French: [albɛʁ kamy] (listen); 7 November 1913 – 4 January 1960) was a French philosopher, author, and journalist. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature at the age of 44 in 1957, the...  more

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  • 2

    Jacques Derrida

    Dec. at 74 (1930-2004)

    BirthplaceEl Biar

    NationalityFrance, Algeria

    WorksPoints...: Interviews, 1974-1994, Limited Inc, Glas, Nietzsche aus Frankreich

    Jacques Derrida (; French: [ʒak dɛʁida]; born Jackie Élie Derrida; July 15, 1930 – October 9, 2004) was an Algerian-born French-Jewish philosopher best known for developing a form of semiotic...  more
  • 3

    Augustine of Hippo

    Dec. at 75 (354-430)



    WorksThe Confessions of St. Augustine, De doctrina christiana, Sermons on selected lessons of the New Testament, Obras completas de San Agustin, Confessions of S. Augustine

    Saint Augustine of Hippo (; 13 November 354 – 28 August 430 AD) was a Roman African, early Christian theologian and philosopher from Numidia whose writings influenced the development of the Western...  more

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  • 4

    Jean-Claude Brialy

    Dec. at 74 (1933-2007)

    BirthplaceSour El-Ghozlane

    NationalityFrance, Algeria

    WorksEglantine, A Rare Bird

    Jean-Claude Brialy (30 March 1933 – 30 May 2007) was a French actor and director....  more
  • 5

    BirthplaceAlgiers, Algeria

    NationalityFrance, Algeria

    WorksThe Well-Digger's Daughter, Marius

    Daniel Auteuil (French pronunciation: ​[danjɛl otœj]; born 24 January 1950) is a French actor and director who has appeared in a wide range of film genres, including period dramas, romantic comedies,...  more
  • 6

    BirthplaceCherchell, Algeria


    WorksA Sister to Scheherazade (Emerging Voices, Ombre sultane, Far from Medina, Women of Algiers in Their Apartment, La femme sans sepulture

    Fatima-Zohra Imalayen (30 June 1936 – 6 February 2015), known by her pen name Assia Djebar (Arabic: آسيا جبار‎), was an Algerian novelist, translator and filmmaker. Most of her works deal with...  more
  • 7

    BirthplaceAlgiers, Algeria

    NationalityFrance, Algeria

    WorksLes Rois mages, The Telephone Always Rings Twice, The Bet, The Three Brothers

    Didier Bourdon (French pronunciation: ​[didje buʁdɔ̃]; born 23 January 1959) is a French Algerian-born actor, screenwriter and film director.He first reached stardom in France when he created the...  more
  • 8

    BirthplaceOran, Algeria

    NationalityFrance, Algeria

    WorksA Heart in Winter, Sade, Yves Saint Laurent, Nelly and Mr. Arnaud, Place Vendôme

    Jacques Fieschi (born 1948) 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...  more
  • 9

    BirthplaceAlgiers, Algeria

    NationalityFrance, Algeria

    WorksPaparazzi, Soft Pedal

    Patrick Timsit (French pronunciation: ​[patʁik timˈsit]) 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...  more
  • 10

    BirthplaceOran, Algeria

    NationalityFrance, Algeria

    WorksTambours sur la digue, Le Prénom de Dieu, The Third Body, Angst, Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing

    Hélène Cixous (; French: [siksu]; born 5 June 1937) is a professor, French feminist writer, poet, playwright, philosopher, literary critic and rhetorician. Cixous is best known for her article "The...  more
  • 11

    Mohammed Dib

    Dec. at 83 (1920-2003)

    BirthplaceAlgeria, Tlemcen, Tlemcen Province, Africa


    WorksLe maître de chasse, The savage night =, Simorgh, Un été africain, Le Sommeil d'Eve

    Mohammed Dib (Arabic: محمد ديب‎; 21 July 1920 – 2 May 2003) was an Algerian author. He wrote over 30 novels, as well as numerous short stories, poems, and children's literature in the French...  more
  • 12

    Lyes Salem

    Age: 47

    BirthplaceAlgiers, Algeria, Africa

    NationalityFrance, Algeria

    WorksMasquerades, Cousines

    Lyès Salem is an actor, film director and screenwriter....  more
  • 13

    BirthplaceOran, Algeria

    NationalityAlgeria, Egypt

    WorksTeer Enta

    Ahmed Mekky (Arabic: أحمد مكي‎) is an Algerian born Egyptian actor, writer, director and rapper. ...  more
  • 14

    BirthplaceAlgeria, Oum el-Bouaghi Province, Africa, Aïn Beïda, Oum El Bouaghi


    WorksChronicle of the Years of Fire, FIS de la haine, Repudiation, Greffe, L'Insolation

    Rashid Boudjedra (Arabic: رشيد بوجدرة‎) (b. 5 September 1941 in Aïn Beïda, Algeria) is an Algerian poet, novelist, playwright and critic. Boudjedra wrote in French from 1965 to 1981, at which point...  more
  • 15

    BirthplaceM'Sila, Algeria, Algeria


    WorksChronicle of the Years of Fire, Sandstorm

    Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina (Arabic: محمد الأخضر حمينة‎; born in M'sila on 26 February 1930) is an Algerian film director and screenwriter. He is best known for his 1975 film Chronicle of the Years of...  more
  • 16

    BirthplaceKénadsa, Algeria


    WorksTwo Men in Town, The Attack, A quoi rêvent les loups ?, The Swallows of Kabul, Los Corderos Del Senor

    Yasmina Khadra (Arabic: ياسمينة خضراء‎, literally meaning "green jasmine") is the pen name of the Algerian author Mohammed Moulessehoul (Arabic: محمد مولسهول‎, born January 10, 1955, in Kénadsa,...  more
  • 17

    BirthplaceLyon, France

    NationalityFrance, Algeria

    WorksDe Una a Otra Orilla, Zenzela, Le temps des villages, Ma maman est devenue une étoile, Un train pour chez nous

    Azouz Begag, (Arabic: عزوز بقاق‎) (born 5 February 1957) is a French writer, politician and researcher in economics and sociology at the CNRS. He was the delegate minister for equal opportunities of...  more
  • 18

    Frantz Fanon

    Dec. at 36 (1925-1961)

    BirthplaceFort-de-France, Martinique

    NationalityFrance, Algeria

    WorksBlack Skin, White Masks, A Dying Colonialism, Toward the African revolution, Die Verdammten dieser Erde.

    Frantz Fanon (French: [fʁɑ̃ts fanɔ̃]; 20 July 1925 – 6 December 1961), also known as Ibrahim Frantz Fanon, was a French West Indian psychiatrist, political philosopher, revolutionary, and writer from...  more
  • 19

    Maria Cardinal

    Dec. at 72 (1929-2001)

    BirthplaceAlgiers, Algeria

    NationalityFrance, Algeria

    WorksSchattenmund. Roman einer Analyse, La souricière, La clé sur la porte, Cet Ete La, The Words to Say It

    Maria Cardinal is a screenwriter and actress....  more
  • 20

    BirthplaceToulouse, France


    WorksCet Amour-La, La contessa di Castiglione

    Josée Dayan is a film director....  more
  • 21




    Dominique Cardona is a film director, film producer and screenwriter....  more
  • 22

    BirthplaceTébessa, Algeria


    WorksL'Opium et le Bâton

    Ahmed Rachedi (born 1938) is an Algerian film director and screenwriter. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture for the film Z (1969), which he helped produce. His 1971 film L'Opium...  more
  • 23

    BirthplaceAlgeria, Africa, Constantine


    WorksMemory in the flesh, Chaos of the Senses,, Qulubuhum Ma'ana Qanabelahom Alyna, In the Harbour of Days

    Ahlem Mosteghanemi (Arabic: أحلام مستغانمي‎), alternatively written Ahlam Mosteghanemi (born 1953) is an Algerian writer who has been called "the world's best-known arabophone woman novelist"....  more
  • 24

    Tariq Teguia

    Age: 54

    BirthplaceAlgiers, Algeria


    WorksRoma wa la n’touma, Gabbla, Zanj Revolution

    Tariq Teguia is a film director, screenwriter and film producer....
  • 25

    BirthplaceBoufarik, Algeria


    Works100% Arabica, Beur blanc rouge

    Mahmoud Zemmouri is a film director, actor and screenwriter....  more