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Suzanne Ruta

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Suzanne Ruta

Suzanne Ruta is the author of To Algeria, with Love (Virago Books, 2011), a translator from French and Spanish, and a rights activist.

Articles by Suzanne Ruta

Naming the Arab: Kamel Daoud’s “Meursault, contre-enquête”
By Suzanne Ruta
The Algerian novelist and journalist Kamel Daoud publishes a pithy, fast-paced critique of Algerian society five times a week in the French-language daily Quotidien d’Oran, and on Facebook. Readers…
How “To Algeria, with Love” became “La Repubblica di Wally”
By Suzanne Ruta
Einaudi bought the Italian rights to my novel before it had an English language publisher, editor, or even a title. Work on the translation began last summer, around the time the book was published in…
Celebrating International Mother Language Day
By Suzanne Ruta
On February 2, 1952, during a peaceful demonstration to demand national status in East Pakistan for the Bengali language, four students were shot dead in the street. A postcolonial trauma that would lead…
Mistral, One Hundred Years Ago
By Suzanne Ruta
My father-in-law, Walther Franke-Ruta, was born in 1890 in Leipzig, Germany, into a family of furriers and musicians. He became a poet, a prolific novelist, and a popular radio playwright and social satirist,…
The Battle of Algiers
By Suzanne Ruta
Saadi Yacef headed the Algerian rebel movement, the Front de Libération Nationale, in Algiers until his capture in summer 1957. Unlike his fellow combatants in the movement, murdered in captivity…
An Algerian Lexicon
By Suzanne Ruta
On February 3, smelling the smoke from Cairo, Algeria's aging President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, emerged from a long silence and promised an end to the state of emergency that has kept the country in…
In Memoriam: Abdellatif el Jaziri, 1969–2010
By Suzanne Ruta
Abdellatif el Jaziri was a Moroccan from Fez with a fine Berber head (long and narrow, with a strong chin and prominent cheekbones) and an unflappable sense of humor.  Until recently, he taught Arabic…
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