Maghrebi Contemporary Lit: A Selected Bibliography

February 25th, 2019

In advance of his conversation with Adèle author Leila Slimani, Moroccan Francophone literary scholar Khalid Lyamlahy shared an expansive list of impactful contemporary Maghrebi literature—in poetry and prose—with the Co-op. Explore the range of titles below, and join us Tuesday, 2/26, 6pm at the Co-op for this installment of En tête-à-tête, an author-centered series of readings and conversations on books in the French language. En tête-à-tête is an extension of the Seminary Co-op French Corner, presented in partnership with the University of Chicago Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and supported by the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago.



Soleil arachnide, by Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine (Gallimard)

Dédicace à l'année qui vient, by Abdelkebir Khatibi (Fata Morgana)

L'Arbre à poèmes, by Abdellatif Laâbi (Gallimard)

Le Principe d'incertitude, by Abdellatif Laâbi (La Différence)

L'Espoir à l'arraché, by Abdellatif Laâbi (Le Castor Astral)

Je te nomme Tunisie, by Tahar Bekri (Al Manar)

Mûrier triste dans le printemps arabe, by Tahar Bekri (Al Manar)

Oeuvres Poétiques, by Jean Sénac (Actes Sud)



Roman / Récit / Autobiographie:


Le Fond de la jarre, by Abdellatif Laâbi (Folio poche)

La Grande maison, by Mohammed Dib (Folio poche)

L'Amour la fantasia, by Assia Djebar (Le Livre de poche)

Nulle part dans la maison de mon pèreby Assia Djebar (Babel)

Le Passé simple, by Driss Chraïbi (Gallimard poche)

La Civilisation ma mère, by Driss Chraïbi (Gallimard poche)

Mon cher fils, by Leïla Sebbar (Elyzad)

Ouatann, by Azza Filali (Elyzad)

Les Intranquilles, by Azza Filali (Elyzad)

L'Amas ardent, by Yamen Manaï (Elyzad)

Le Tambour des larmes, by Beyrouk (Elyzad)

Le Livre d'Amray, by Yahia Belaskri (Zulma)

Le Jour où Pelé, by Abdelkader Djemaï (Le Castor Astral)

La Maison de Cicine, by Mohamed Nedali (Editions de l'Aube)

Triste jeunesse, by Mohamed Nedali (Editions de l'Aube)

Bleu, blanc, vert, by Maïssa Bey (Editions de l'Aube)


Khalid Lyamlahy is a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago. A native of Rabat in Morocco, he studied civil engineering in France and worked as a project manager in Paris and London. After graduating from Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle, he moved to Oxford where he completed a PhD on Moroccan Francophone literature in 2018. In January 2019, he joined the University of Chicago where he currently teaches North African literature. Besides his academic work, he is a regular contributor to literary journals and the author of a first novel, Un Roman Étranger, published in 2017 in Paris.