Monday, July 30, 2012

Tahar Ouettar (aka Tahir Wattar)

Tahar Ouettar (1936 –2010) was an Algerian writer. Tahar Ouettar was called "one of the North African nation’s most prolific Arabic-language authors".
Ouettar wrote about the post-colonial situation in independent Algeria. He denounced Algeria's French-language writers as "vestiges of colonialism". Luckily, he did not denounce that other stereotypical French item: the beret!
Ouettar published his first novel "Al Laz" in 1974.
In English: The Earthquake, translated by by William Granara, Saqi Books (2000).

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