16 November 2016

Cimetière du Père-Lachaise (continued): #55: Jamila Aït-Abbas

18/06/1954 – 22/06/2013

« Marie passe devant... »'

Jamila Aït-Abbas wrote only one book: the autobiographical La fatiha : née en France, mariée de force en Algérie (2003). Born in France of Algerian parents and brought up in a Parisian suburb by her mother who, according to the back cover, was a prisoner to the traditions of her native land. At nineteen, Jamila was, on the pretext of returning to Algeria for a holiday, forced into a marriage she didn't want. But she fought against it.

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