Algerian Crime Fiction

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Interested in Algerian detective novels ?  Here is a Top 10 Algerian Detective Story Writers 



The below is a list of all crime fiction novels and detective stories I've come across written by Algerian writers, published in Algeria or abroad. It is organised by year of publication. The books marked (transl.) have been translated into English.





-2015-



Sakarat Nedjma (Flickers of a star) - Amel Bouchareb
(Chihab eds, 2015)

See here for a review.










 
Eyes Full of Empty - Jeremie Guez (Trans. 2015, Unnamed Press)
(French writer, character of Algerian origins)
English version available here.

French version (2013, J'ai Lu eds) available here.









-2014-


Shifra min sarab [code from a mirage] - Ismael Ben Saada
(Chihab eds, 2014)

Description here. Available here.




La Mission (2014, Koukou eds) - Mohammed Benchicou
[The Mission] (roman with strong elements of detective fiction)

Available here.









 

Available here.

 




 



Amara Lakhous - Dispute Over a Very Italian Piglet (2014, Europa eds)

Available here.










 
Nassima Bouloufa - «Nabadhate akher al-leil» (2015, Vescera eds.)
[Heartbeats in the dead of the night]









-2012-



Khaled Mandi - Intrigue à Sidi Fredj (2012, Mazola Communication Eds) 
[Intrigue at Sidi Fredj] 

Available in Algiers' Librairie du Tiers Monde.










Maurice Attia - Alger la noire (2012, Barzakh) 
[Alger, the black city]

Available with Barzakh here and with Actes Sud here.



 





-2011-




Annouar Benmalek - Abduction (2011, Arabia books) (Le Rapt in the original French, published by Fayard eds, 2011) (Thriller)


Soon available on this blog at a specially discounted price, courtesy of the publishers !








-2010-



Ali's Noir Novel (Le roman noir d'Ali) by Abdelkader Ferchiche
(Alpha Editions, 2010)













The Strangler of Algiers (L’étrangleur d’Alger) by Azdine 
(Apic editions - Apic Noir series - 2010)

See description here. Still available in Algiers' bookshops.










-2009-

 

Antonin Varenne - Le Mur, le Kabyle et le Marin  (2009, Viviane Hamy Eds) [The Wall, the Kabyle and the Sailor] (roman with strong elements of detective fiction, set partly in Algeria)

Available here.








Mohamed Benayat - Le Pouvoir de l'Ombre (2009, eds Mille Feuilles)

Available in Algiers at La Librarie des Mots.










-2008-


Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio - Amara Lakhous (transl. by Ann Goldstein, 2008, Europa eds)

Available here.










Adlene Meddi - La prière du Maure (2008, Barzakh eds)
[The Moor's prayer]


Available here.








Commissaire Krim - by Y.B. (Yassir Benmiloud) (2008, Grasset eds)
(Superintendent Krim)











 -2007-




Ombre 67 (2007, Casbah eds) - Ahmed Gasmia -

[Shadow 67]

Available in Algiers' Librarie du Tiers Monde.









-2006- 
  



Le Chien de Titanic - by Ali Malek (2006, Barzakh eds)

[Titanic's dog]

Available here.


 









Complot à Alger - by Ahmed Gasmia (2006, Casbah eds)

[Conspiracy in Algiers]

Should be available with Casbah editions.


Available at SOAS library, London.








-2004-


Dead Man's Share - by Yasmina Khadra (transl. by Aubrey Botsford, 2004)

English version available here.

French version La Part du Mort (2004, Juiliard) available here.










Un baiser sans moustache by Catherine Simon (A moustache-less kiss)

(French writer, one of the last correspondents of the French newspaper Le Monde posted in Algeria and recalled during the war against civilians carried during the 90s)

Description here. Available here





-2002-


Meurtres en Sérail (2002, Broché eds) - by Charaf Abdessemed
(Murders in the purdah)
Available here.












A la mémoire du commandant Larbi - by Nabil Benali (2002, Barzakh eds)
(In memory of Commandant Larbi)

















Le meurtre de Sonia Zaïd - by Rahima Karim (2002, MARSA eds)
(The murder of Sonia Zaïd)














Takfir Sentinelle - by Lakhdar Belaïd (2002, Gallimard eds)

Available here











Le casse-tête turc - by Adlene Meddi (2002, Barzakh ed.)
[The Turkish Chinese-Puzzle]

Available here.









 -2001-



Le serment des barbares - by Boualem Sansal (2001, Gallimard)
[The Barbarians' oath]

Available here.








-2000-




Salah Guemriche - L'homme de la première phrase (2000, Éd. Rivages)
[The Man with the First Sentence]

Available here and here.









 Le Passeport - Azouz Begag (2000, Seuil eds) (thriller)

Available here










Sérail killer - Lakhdar Belaïd (2000, Gallimard eds)












-1999- 
 

Au nom du fils - Abed Charef  (Aube eds) (1999)
[In the name of the son]

Available in Algiers, at La Bibliothèque du centre diocésain des Glycines here.









Le pied rouge - François Muratet (2002, Actes Sud eds)
(Moroccan writer, inspired by Algeria)

available here










Mon Colonel - Francis Zamponi (2002, Broché eds)

(Zamponi is an Algerian writer - one of the first to speak of the Guelma and Setif massacres. This novel was made into a movie in 2009)

available here












Les ardoises de la mémoire - by Mouloud Akkouche (1999, Gallimard) (auteur français d'origine algérienne)*

Available here








-1998- 


Yasmina Khadra - Double blank - Inspector Llob Mystery (transl. 2005, Toby Crime) (with Folio eds for the original French)

English version available here.

French version, Double Blanc, by Baleine eds, 1998, available here.







Yasmina Khadra - L'automne des chimères - Inspector Llob Mystery (transl. by Aubrey Botsford, 2006, Baleine eds)
[Autumn of the Phatoms, with Toby Crime eds]

English version available here.

Original French version (1998, Baleine eds) here.







31, rue de l'aigle - by Abdelkader Djemaï (1998, Broché eds) 

available here










Avis d'échéance - by Mouloud Akkouche (1998, Gallimard) (auteur français d'origine algérienne)*

 Available here









-1997-




Yasmina Khadra - Morituri - Inspector Llob Mystery (1997, Baleine eds)

French version available here.









 
-1991-


Fredy La Rafale - by Mohamed Benayat (1991, ENAL eds)
Available at SOAS Library, London.









-1990-





Yasmina Khadra - Le dingue au bistouri - Inspector Llob mystery (1990, Laphomic eds)
[Madman with a scalpel]

Available here.








L'empire des démons - Saïd Smaïl (1990, Broché eds)

Available in Algiers, at La Bibliotheque du centre diocesain des Glycines here.








-1989-



Les barons de la pénurie - by Saïd Smaïl (1989, SNED)

Available in Algiers, at La Bibliotheque du centre diocesain des Glycines here.















L'achipel du Stalag - by Djamel Dib (1989, ENAL eds)

 Not found.










-1988-




Salim Aissa - Adel s'emmele (1988, ENAL eds)
[Adel gets entangled]

Available in Algiers, at La Bibliotheque du centre diocesain des Glycines here. Available at SOAS Library, London.








 
Rabah Zeghouda - Double Djo pour une muette (1988)
Available in Algiers, at La Bibliotheque du centre diocesain des Glycines here. Available at SOAS Library, London.









-1987-


Salim Aissa - Mimouna (1987) 

Available in Algiers, at La Bibliotheque du centre diocesain des Glycines here.

Available at SOAS Library, London.








-1986-

Djamel Dib - La Saga des Djinns (1986)
[The Djinns' Saga]

Available at SOAS Library, London.










Djamel Dib - La résurection d'Antar (1986, ENAL eds)

 Not found










Zehira Houfani - Les Pirates du Desert (1986)
[Pirates of the Desert]

Available in Algiers, at La Bibliotheque du centre diocesain des Glycines here. Available at SOAS Library, London.









 
Zehira Houfani Berfas - Le Portrait du disparu (1986) 
[Portrait of a missing-person]

Available in Algiers, at La Bibliotheque du centre diocesain des Glycines here.






-1984-


Didier Daeninckx - Meurtres pour mémoire (1984, Gallimard eds)
(French writer, this noir is inspired by events of 17 October 1961 in Paris)












-1981-





Abahri Larbi - Banderilles et muleta (1981, SNED eds)
[Bullfighting darts and red capes]
Available in Algiers, at La Bibliotheque du centre diocesain des Glycines here. Available at SOAS Library, London.








-1980-


 
Abdelaziz Lamrani - Piège à Tel-Aviv (1980, SNED eds)
[Trap in Tel-Aviv]

Available in Algiers, at La Bibliotheque du centre diocesain des Glycines here.









-1973-
 
Abdelaziz Lamrani - D. contre-attaque (1973, SNED eds)

[D. counter-attacks]

Available in Algiers, at La Bibliotheque du centre diocesain des Glycines here.










-1972-


Youcef Khader - Les Bourreaux meurent aussi... (1972, SNED)
 [Executioners die also]

Available in Algiers, at La Bibliotheque du centre diocesain des Glycines here.

 






 
Youcef Khader - Quand les "Panthères " attaquent... (1972, SNED)
[When "Panthers" attack...]

Available in Algiers, at La Bibliotheque du centre diocesain des Glycines here.









-1970-


Youcef Khader - La Vengeance passe par Ghaza (1970, SNED)
[Vengeance will pass through Gaza]

Available in Algiers, at La Bibliotheque du centre diocesain des Glycines here. Available at SOAS Library, London.










 
Youcef Khader - Délivrez la Fidayia! (SNED, 1970). 

Available in Algiers, at La Bibliotheque du centre diocesain des Glycines here.





 






 
Youcef Khader - Halte au plan «terreur». (SNED, 1970)
[Halt to the "terror" mission]

Available in Algiers, at La Bibliotheque du centre diocesain des Glycines here.

 







 
Youcef Khader -Pas de «Phantoms» pour Tel-Aviv. (SNED, 1970)
[No "Phantoms" for Tel-Aviv]

Available in Algiers, at La Bibliotheque du centre diocesain des Glycines here.










Algerian detective fiction writers
-List by alphabetical order-




1.      Azdine 
2.      Charaf Abdessemed
3.      Salim Aissa
4.      Mouloud Akkouche
5.      Maurice Attia
6.      Azouz Begag
7.      Lakhdar Belaïd
8.      Nabil Benali
9.      Mohamed Benayat
10.  Mohammed Benchicou
11.  Anouar Benmalek
12.  Y.B. (Yassir Benmiloud)
13.  Ismael Ben Saada
14.  Amel Bouchareb
15.  Nassima Bouloufa
16.  Abed Charef
17.  Djamel Dib
18.  Abdelkader Djemaï
19.  Abdelkader Ferchiche
20.  Ahmed Gasmia
21.  Salah Guemriche
22.  Zehira Houfani
23.  Rahima Karim
24.  Youcef Khader
25.  Yasmina Khadra
26.  Amara Lakhous
27.  Abdelaziz Lamrani
28.  Abahri Larbi
29.  Amid Lartane
30.  Ali Malek
31.  Khaled Mandi
32.  Adlene Meddi
33.  Boualem Sansal
34.  Saïd Smaïl
35.  Antonin Varenne
36.  Rabah Zeghouda
37.  Francis Zamponi







If you want to study this phenomenon, and/or read more about the Algerian detective novel and the Algerian Noir genre, its production in Algeria and by Algerians abroad and its themes, here are some excellent doctoral theses available online and downloadable as PDFs :

Miloud Benhaimouda's Doctoral thesis (2004-2005) : Formation du Roman Policier Algerien 1962-2002
(The development of the Algerian detective novel between 1962 and 2002)

Beate Bechter-Burtscher's Doctoral thesis (1998) : The development of the Algerian detective novel written in French (between 1970 to 1998)

and more recently :

Dr Miloud Benhaimouda's research paper (2008) : Mythologies du roman policier algérien
(Mythologies of the Algerian detective novel)

*Algerian crime fiction is defined loosely, it is both detective novels published by Algerian authors born in Algeria or of Algeria origins, or foreign authors who set their crime stories in Algeria or whose characters are inspired by Algeria/Algerians.


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