Nassira Belloula

26.03.20 to 25.05.20

Nassira Belloula is a francophone novelist, essayist, journalist, and poet, of Algerian origin and based in Montreal. She published her first work, The Gates of the sun in the early 1980s, when she was twenty years old, a collection of poems mostly written during her high-school years.

In 1993, she joined the so-called "independent" press in Algeria, where she worked as a journalist in French-language daily newspapers. Belloula was the editor-in-chief in charge of the social and cultural sections up until 2010 when she moved to Quebec. She was a member of the Algerian PEN Center.

Belloula has to her credit fifteen books, focusing on the Écriture Féminine (women's writing) in Algeria and the status and condition of women. She has books published by Fayard Editions in France, La Pleine Lune Editions, and Hashtag Editions in Quebec and Chihab Editions in Algeria. Her work; Les belles Algériennes, confidences d'écrivaines (Media-plus, 2008), De la pensée vers le papier, soixante-ans d'écriture féminine algérienne (Enag Editions, 2009). And her novels; Visa pour la haine (Alpha Editions, 2007), La revanche de May (La Pleine Lune Editions, 2010), Terre des femmes (Chihab editions, 2014), Aimer Maria (Chihab Editions, 2018) as well as her latest novel J'ai oublié d'être Sagan (Hashtag Editions, 2019), all revolve around this same theme.

In 2012, she resumed her studies at the University of Montreal, where she obtained a degree in History, and a bachelor's of Arts and Sciences. She is currently a member of The Parliament of Francophone Authors.

Awards and Honors
2010: Arab women of Quebec Award
2015: Winner of The Kateb Yacine International Prize (Algeria): Terre des Femmes
2016: Finalist of The Mohamed Dib Prize (Algeria): Aimer Maria 
2019: Finalist of The Yamina Mechakra Prize (Algeria): Aimer Maria
2019: Charles Gagnon 1st Grant laureate (Quebec)

Anmerkung: Die Schriftstellerin Nassira Belloula erhielt ihr Austauschstipendium für einen Arbeitsaufenthalt im Internationalen Künstlerhaus des Oberpfälzer Künstlerhauses in Schwandorf, ein Artist-in-Residence-Programm in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec (CALQ) und dem Bayerischen Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst. Das ursprünglich für 2020 vorgesehene Stipendium wurde aufgrund der Corona-Pandemie auf unbestimmte Zeit verschoben. 

 

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