Alice Schwarzer

My Algerian Family

Meine algerische Familie

My Algerian Family

Complete French translation available
French edition publishing in February 2019

A reportage that feels like a dazzling family novel about a country caught between tradition and modernity, Islamist threat and democratic hope

Alice Schwarzer first met Djamila, an Algerian journalist, in 1989. Like many others, Djamila had to live in fear for her life and emigrated to Germany for several years after the threat of an electoral victory by the Islamists and the civil war they incited in the 1990s, in which over 200,000 people died. But Djamila has parents and grandparents, brothers and sisters, nephews and nieces – whom Alice Schwarzer got to know and love in their homes at New Year’s celebrations, during holiday visits and at weddings. It is this family that Alice Schwarzer, together with the photographer Bettina Flitner, brings to life in all its diversity: the older generation, marked by the colonial period, war of independence and years of renewal when Algiers was the “Mecca of Revolution”; the generation that lived through the “black years” of Islamist terror and political repression; and the young people of today, caught between high heels and veils, Instagram and late-socialist stagnation.



ISBN: 978-3-462-05120-9
release: 15. February 2018
224 pages, gebunden mit SU


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About the Author

Alice Schwarzer has been the publisher and editor-in-chief of EMMA since 1977 and has published 44 books as an author or editor. She has been engaged with political Islam since visiting Iran in April 1979, shortly after Khomeini seized power, and has published several titles on the topic.

Bettina Flitner, a graduate of the German Film and Television Academy Berlin, has been a freelance photographer since 1990. With her frequently serial portraits and reportages, she has devel-oped “a singular position in the German photo scene” (Photonews). She has numerous exhibitions and books to her name. She pub-lished her first reportage about Algeria in 1991: “Tage in Algier” (in “Die Gotteskrieger,” among others).

Further titles by the author:
Der grosse Unterschied (The Big Difference)
Die große Verschleierung (The Great Cover-Up. Pro-integration, Anti-Islamism)
Simone de Beauvoir
Romy Schneider (Romy Schneider. Myth and Life)
Marion Dönhoff
Lebenslauf (Course of Life)
Es reicht (Enough is Enough. The fight against sexism in the work-place)
Prostitution - Ein deutscher Skandal (Prostitution – A German Scandal)
Der Schock - die Silvesternacht in Köln (The Shock - Cologne on New Year's Eve 2015)