Fatima Gallaire

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Fatima Gallaire, née Bourega, (born 1944) is a Franco-Algerian playwright and author of short stories, who writes in French. Born in Algeria, she holds a degree in French literature from the University of Algiers, and one in cinema from Paris 8 University. She has written over twenty plays, many of which have been translated and performed in languages including English, Italian, German, Spanish and Uzbek. These include Princesses, translated as You have come back, and Les Co-épouses, translated as House of Wives. She received the Arletty Prize for Drama in 1990 and the Académie française AMIC award in 1994.


Gallaire was born as Fatima Bourega on 7 August 1944 in El Harrouch in north-eastern Algeria. After studying French literature at the University of Algiers (1963–67), she moved to Paris where she studied cinema until 1970.[1]

After working for three years at the Algiers Cinëmathèque, she returned to Paris in 1975 where she earned a degree in Cinema Studies at Paris 8 University, Vincennes, in 1980. The following year she married a Frenchman, adopting his family name for her publications.[2] She gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl, in 1981.[3] In 1985, she began to write for the theatre, her Ah vous êtes venus... (later retitled Princesses) being presented at the Théâtre Essaion in Paris in February 1986.[4] In 1991, she wrote her first novel Le Mendigot.[1]

Works translated into English[edit]

  • You have come back (Princesses), in "Plays by women: an International Anthology", ed. Francoise Kourilsky et Catherine Temerson, Ubu Repertory Theater Publications, 1988.
  • Madame Bertin's Testimony (Témoignage contre un homme stérile), in "Monologues : plays from Martinique, France, Algeria, Quebec", Ubu Repertory Theater, New York, 1995.
  • House of Wives (Les Co-épouses), in "Four Plays from North Africa", ed. Marvin Carlson, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications, New York, 2008.


In 1990, she was awarded the Arletty Prize for her contributions to drama.[3] She also received the AMIC Award from the Académie française in 1994.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Curriculum vitae" (in French). Gallaire.com. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Déjeux, Jean (1994). La littérature féminine de langue française au Maghreb. KARTHALA Editions. pp. 226–. ISBN 978-2-86537-500-4. 
  3. ^ a b Makward, Christiane P.; Cottenet-Hage, Madeleine (1996). Dictionnaire littéraire des femmes de langue française: de Marie de France à Marie NDiaye. KARTHALA Editions. pp. 256–. ISBN 978-2-86537-676-6. 
  4. ^ Scherer, Colette (1995). Catalogue des pièces de théâtre africain en langue française conservées à la Bibliotheque Gaston Baty. Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle. pp. 34–. ISBN 978-2-87854-105-2. 
  5. ^ Sleeman, Elizabeth (2001). The International Who's Who of Women 2002. Psychology Press. pp. 196–. ISBN 978-1-85743-122-3. 

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