Yacine, Kateb kä´tāb yä´sēn [key]
, 1929–89, Algerian author. In 1945 he moved to Paris and afterward traveled in Europe and Asia. His most famous work is the novel Nedjma
(1957, tr. 1961, new tr. 1991), a symbolic story of the love of four men for one woman. The work is notable for its carefully constructed, multilevel plot. His other books include a volume of poetry, Soliloquies
(1946); the novel La Polygone Étoile
(1966); and two anthologies of plays, Le cercle des représailles
(1959) and L'Homme aux sandales de caoutchouc
See studies by I. C. Tcheho (1980), B. Aresu (1993), and K. Salhi (1999).
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