Sunday, 13 February 2011

Dilem President - The book

In 2008, the writer and journalist Mustapha Benfodil prepared a book called "Dilem President: biographie d'un emeutier" (Dilem President: biography of a rioter"). It was on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the horrendous events that occured in Algeria on 5 October 1988 and to remember its martyrs that Benfodil prepared this biography.

The book was never published. It wasn't as much censored as refused outright by publishers in Algeria who feared reprisals. So Benfodil, back in 2008, put it up on a blog to distribute it and get the word out.

In view of the demonstrations and protests that are taking place in Algeria now - and have been for some years and are increasing everyday in dimension and intensity - I thought it would be a great time to remember this book, to (re)read it especially and so I put it up here for those interested. It's in French I'm afraid. This link doesn't allow a download it seems, but it can be shared, printed and read on full screen quite comfortably. Distribute it, Dilem's story should be told, it is the story of an entire people and country.

Dilem is a (fantastic) Algerian cartoonist, based in Algeria. His cartoons are well know and continue to appear daily in the Algerian daily newspaper Liberté.



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