Safe values distinguished abroad, daring young writers in the spotlight and tributes to major deceased writers: neither poor nor abundant, the Algerian literary landscape was in 2013, balanced between three generations of writers variously inspired but equally creative .
Novelists Wassiny Laaredj and Boualem Sansal confirmed in 2013, their status as pillars of contemporary Algerian literature obtaining, in French and Arabic, the prize of the Arab literary creation for the first, and Grand Prix de la francophonie for second.
Other promising writers like Sarah Haider, Smail Yabrir, and Samir Toumi have also marked literary news in 2013 in the two languages.
Authors of "Whirlwind Commas" (APIC), " Barida Ka Ountha" (El-Ikhtilef) and "Algiers, the cry" (Barzakh), these young writers have attracted interest, if not the admiration of critics and journalists for their innovative literary exploration of urban, erotic or themes related to the Algerian tragedy of the 1990s.
Thirty barely begun, Smaïl Yabrir had also been rewarded in February 2013 for his previous novel, "El Wassiayt Maâtouh" (Mime Editions) the prestigious "TayebS alih Prize for literary creation", awarded annually by critics as a tribute the great Sudanese writer dead in 2009.
Sarah Haider (26) who signed won thanks to "Commas in Whirlwind," a brilliant first experience in French language after three novels in Arabic, for her part, the "the first novel of literary Escale" Award 2013 annually awarded by a famous international hotel chain in Algiers.
Older but having never published, Samir Toumi collects, for his part, the positive feedback in the press and among readers since the publication in October 2013 of "Algiers, the cry", a story where existential questions of the author merge, in a poetic and nervous writing, and the particular geography of the Algerian capital.
In addition to these newcomers, Yasmina Khadra, another internationally successful novelist, stood, in 2013, in "Angels dying of our wounds" (Casbah) the tying portrait of a "native" boxer in Algeria in the 1920s.
In addition to his creative work, the author of the "attack" also made headlines by making its entry into the French "Le Petit Robert" dictionary then by engaging in the upcoming presidential race.