Assia Djebar: Femmes d’Alger dans leur appartement [Women of Algiers in their Apartment] (2119 words)

Bronwyn Winter (University of Sydney)
Download PDF Save to Bookshelf Tweet Report an Error


This collection of short stories, including the eponymous novella, was first published in Paris in 1980, by the women’s press Des femmes, the only work of Djebar’s to be published by them. Its first English translation appeared in 1992. This entry covers the first edition, although a new edition which appeared in 2002 contained some small changes to the “Ouverture”, discussed below, and the addition of a new short story, “La nuit du récit de Fatima” (the night of Fatima’s story) (see Bourget 2008).

Already well-known as a novelist, poet, playwright and filmmaker under the nom de plume she used all her life, Djebar (real name Fatima Zohra Imalayen) sought through this collection to give voice to the language of …

Citation: Winter, Bronwyn. "Femmes d’Alger dans leur appartement". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 April 2015 [, accessed 26 November 2020.]

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here