Friday, July 19, 2013

Abdelkader Alloula, Algerian playwright

Abdelkader Alloula (Arabic: ‎عبد القادر علولة) (b. 1929 in Ghazaouet, Algeria - d. March 10, 1994 in Oran, Algeria) was an Algerian playwright. He was assassinated by Islamists. 
Alloula was born in Ghazaouet in western Algeria, and studied drama in France. He joined the Algerian National Theatre upon its creation in 1963 following independence. His works, typically in vernacular Algerian Arabic, included:
  • El-Aaleg (1969) - "The Leech", a satire of corrupt administration
  • El-Khobza (1970) - "Bread"
  • Homq Salim (1972) - "Salim's Madness", a monologue based on Nikolai Gogol's Diary of a Madman
  • Hammam Rabbi (1975) - "The Lord's Bath", based on Gogol's The Government Inspector
  • The Generous Trilogy:
    • El-Agoual (1980) - "The Sayings"
    • El-Adjouad (1984) - "The Generous"
    • El-Litham (1989) - "The Veil"
He was working on an Arabic version of Tartuffe when he was assassinated by two members of FIDA (Islamic Front for Armed Jihad) during Ramadan on March 10, 1994, as he left his house in Oran. His widow, Radja Alloula, and friends set up the Abdelkader Alloula Foundation in his memory.
His brother, Malek Alloula, was also a noted Algerian writer.

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