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Encyclopedia > Tahar Djaout

Tahar Djaout (1954-1993) was an Algerian journalist, poet, and fiction writer. He was assassinated by the rebel Armed Islamic Group because of his support of secularism and opposition to what he considered fanaticism. He was born in Azeffoun, in the relatively secular Kabylie region. After his death the BBC made a documentary about him entitled 'Shooting the Writer', introduced by Salman Rushdie. 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cite error 4; Invalid call; no input specified 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Poet is a term applied to a person who composes poetry, including extended forms such as dramatic verse. ... The Three Graces, here in a painting by Sandro Botticelli, were the goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility in Greek mythology. ... The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... The Armed Islamic Group (GIA, from French Groupe Islamique Armé; Arabic al-Jamaah al-Islamiyah al-Musallah) is a militant Islamist group with the declared aim of overthrowing the Algerian government and replacing it with an Islamic state. ... Secularism is commonly defined as the idea that religion should not interfere with or be integrated into the public affairs of a society. ... Kabylie is a mountainous area in the north of Algeria. ...

His work

  • The Last Summer of Reason [Novel, Ruminator Books, 2001] (French edn: Le dernier été de la raison, Paris, Seuil, 1999]
  • Les Vigiles [Novel, Editions du Seuil, 1991]
  • L'invention du Desert, [Editions du Seuil, 1987]
  • Les Chercheurs d'Os [Novel, Editions du Seuil, 1984]
  • Les Rets de l'oiseleur (short stories) [SNED, ALgiers, 1983]
  • L'exproprié, [SNED, Algiers, 1981]
  • L'Insulaire et Cie, [Siegan, LOrycle, 1980]
  • L'Arche à vau-l'eau, poems [Editions Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris 1978]
  • Solstice Barbelé, poems,[Editions Naaman, Québec, 1975]

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The Last Summer of Reason - Tahar Djaout (1567 words)
Djaout allows for some hope, at least wondering about the future at the end of his novel.
Djaout's portrayal of a country going to ruin is almost gentle, his attacks circumspect.
Algerian author and journalist Tahar Djaout, born in 1954, was killed in 1993.
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