Jean Amrouche is considered as one of the pioneers of Algerian literature in French. He is also often quoted as the man who invented the radio interview genre in the 1940’s when he hosted extensive interviews with world-renowned authors such as André Gide, François Mauriac, Jean Giono, René Char, Paul Claudel, Jean Cocteau, Julien Green and Giuseppe Ungaretti, most of whom became his close friends. Amrouche’s work is not known for its quantity, but rather for its quality. His essays are still relevant today, especially in the context of issues such as ethnic tensions, Europe and its colonial memory, migration, identity politics, and the role of religion in political and cultural choices.

Jean El-Mouhouv Amrouche was born in 1906 in Ighil Ali, a Kabyle village in the Soummam Valley

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Citation: Nabil, Boudraa. "Jean Amrouche". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 April 2017 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=13725, accessed 22 April 2024.]

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