Born on 21 July, 1920, in Tlemcen, Western Algeria, Mohammed Dib became one of the most well-known and widely celebrated of Algerian writers, both at home and abroad, his status in the Algerian Francophone canon rivaled perhaps only by Kateb Yacine and Assia Djebar. In particular, his revolutionary depictions of the late colonial period, prior to Algerian Independence in 1962, retain a peerless reputation today, a reputation supported by the writings of critics such as Abdelkébir Khatibi who wrote in his famous treatise on the “Roman Maghrébin” that “ce sont surtout Mohammed Dib et Kateb Yacine qui ont pu intégrer le thème de la révolution dans une littérature romanesque …

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Still, Edward. "Mohammed Dib". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 June 2015
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