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Ahlem was born in Tunis. She is the daughter of a militant political activist who was forced into exile during the Algerian liberation war. In the wake of independence, her family moved back to Algeria, where her father, an intellectual and a humanitarian, occupied high positions in the first Algerian government. He launched a literacy campaign all over the territory and supervised the distribution of agricultural land to the poorest. At the age of 17, she became a household name in Algeria with the poetic daily show Hammassat Whispers on national radio.

At the time, she was part of the first generation to acquire the right to study in Arabic after more than a century of prohibition by the French colonization. The Arabic language, encouraged by her French-speaking father as if in revenge, provided her with a sense of liberation since her family had not mastered the newly reacquired Arabic language.

But, at the time, the Algerian society was rebuilding its identity and recovering from a colonial past that resulted in the death of over a million and a half.

It was even less prepared to see her do it in the sacred Arabic language. After she received her B. A in Literature, the board of directors of the University of Algiers refused her enrolment for a Masters under the pretence that her freedom of expression had a negative impact on students. She was also expelled from the Union of Algerian Writers for not conforming to the political line of her time.

In Algiers, Mosteghanemi met Georges. They were married in in Paris and settled there. Ahlam pursued her university studies at the Sorbonne, where in she obtained a doctorate in Sociology.


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Her thesis explored the misunderstanding and malaise between both sexes in the Algerian society. During the fifteen years she spent in Paris, Ahlam contributed to various magazines, and during time stolen from her new role as a mother of three young boys, wrote fragments of what turned out after four years to be a novel.

Ahlam justified her transition from poetry to prose by saying: Algeria is never far from her mind: Excited, the editor will declare: It will be the revelation. This novel, written in a style highly poetic and with political bravado, will have a phenomenal success throughout the Arab world. The love story is set between an armless painter and the daughter of his former commander encountered in Paris 25 years after the war. The novel evokes the disappointment of the post-war generation, which echoes the disappointment of a generation of Arabs.

In a famous letter to the author, Nizar Kabbani, the great contemporary Arab poet, declared: Moved by his reading, President Ben Bella will say from his exile: To date, more than one million copies have been sold across the Arabic-speaking world excluding pirated editions which vastly outnumber the legal editions in the Arab world.

This novel also has the merit to reconcile the Arab reader with the Arabic language and reading. Ahlem continues her literary success by giving two sequels to her novel: Each part of the trilogy, now a classic, is a bestseller in its own right throughout the Arab world. This prize was founded by the American University of Cairo, which will translate the novel in English and publish it in The jury will say about the author: It is a break up manual for women, which will bring Ahlem closer to a female audience Nessyan.

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The story evokes the struggle of a young Algerian teacher whose father, a singer, is killed in the nineties by the terrorists who stand against any form of art and joy in society. Defying terrorism, she embarks in a singing career. She then has to flee her country and during her exile she meets a wealthy and mysterious man who tries to seduce her.

The novel addresses the challenge of standing up not only to terrorism but also to the crushing power of money and the media. The launch of the novel will turn out to be a huge literary and media frenzy event the writer will join on this occasion the group Hachette, which acquires the rights to publish her entire work in Arabic.


Furthermore, through her writings she led the fight against corruption, injustice, totalitarian regimes, fundamentalism, new forms of colonization and the denigration of women’s right.

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Her quotes, on love as well as politics, are widely used by the Arab public. As of Januarythe author is followed by more than 9 million fans on Facebook mosteghanemkon Twitter.

Ahlam Mosteghanemi’s novels mosetghanemi been adopted in the curricula of several universities and high schools mostebhanemi, and dozens of university theses and research papers have been based upon her work. The French Ministry of Education has used parts of Memory in the Flesh for the French baccalaureate tests in in 15 countries where students chose Arabic as a second language.

Her work has been translated into several foreign languages by prestigious publishing houses, including pocket books in French and English.

She lectured and worked as a visiting professor in many universities around the world including: Most of Ahlem’s work has been published in English by Bloomsbury Publishing which includes:. The publishing house Albin Michel translated some of her work in French: A study of translations of Zakirat al-Jassad from Arabic into French and into English has been done by Abbad Kouider, following the translation mosteguanemi of Lawrence Venuti.

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