On May 26, 1993, the Algerian novelist and poet Tahar Djaout was
gunned down in an attack attributed to Islamist extremists. An
outspoken critic of the extremism roiling his nation, Djaout, in
his death, became a powerful symbol for the murder of Algerian
culture, as scores of journalists, writers, and scholars were
targeted in a swelling wave of violence. The author of twelve books
of fiction and poetry, Djaout was murdered at a critical point in
his career, just as his literary voice was maturing. His death was
a great loss not only for Algeria and for Francophone literature
but also for world literature. Rage at the news of his slaying was
explosive but did nothing to quell the increasing bloodshed.
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