Professional Occupations

Writer

Les Editions Le Fennec in Casablanca, Morocco published Anissa’s debut novel, Dune Song, to critical acclaim in January 2017. Winner of the Special Jury Prize for the Prix Littéraire Sofitel Tour Blanche in April 2017, Dune Song was written in English but first published in a French translation. Hope is the original English version will soon make it to bookstores in the English-speaking world. Anissa is currently working on her next novel focusing on memory and the inheritance of fears.

FilmMaker

The Bouziane Sisters was the film production company once run by Anissa and her sister,
Yasmina. Celebrated in Morocco and abroad for their award-winning experimental
work, The Bouziane Sisters wrote, directed, and produced films such as: Talking to Stan,
Le Regard, and Yellow-Nylon Rope.
The cinematic eye remains essential to Anissa’s literary work, and she has not ruled out
the possibility of returning to writing for the screen.

Educator

Anissa began her teaching career in New York City with Columbia Teacher’s College
Reading and Writing Project. A member of Lucy Calkin’s staff development team, Anissa
worked with teachers in the New York Public School system to improve the teaching of
writing. Along with other writers and educators in Calkin’s Think Tank, Anissa’s
research contributed to the first editions of Lucy Calkin’s The Art of Teaching Writing.
Using creative writing as the base of her pedagogy, today Anissa teaches English
language and literature in an international school in Paris and runs her own educational
consulting company.

Artist

Anissa collaborated in the creation of several installation pieces with her sister, the
photographer, Yasmina Bouziane. Most notable of these collaborations was the
installation entitled “Inhabited by Imaginings We Did Not Choose” which premiered at
New Langston Arts Gallery in San Francisco, CA in 1993.
She is currently working on a new installation that will work in tandem with her
upcoming novel as an exploration of how memory inhabits objects.

Gallery

Je suis venue au Sahara pour y être enterrée. Ainsi débute Le chant de la dune, premier roman d’Anissa M. Bouziane, récit oscillant entre la crête de Lalla el Aliah, la plus haute dune du désert marocain, et les canyons de béton de Manhattan dans les jours et les mois qui suivent l’écroulement des tours du World Trade Center. Cartographie du clivage entre Orient et Occident, le roman s’ouvre sur une Jeehan Nathaar dénudée au sommet de Lalla el Aliah. Quel voyage l’a menée ainsi dépouillée de tout jusqu’aux confins nord-ouest du grand désert ? Celui suscité par une dramatique confrontation avec la mort : Jeehan a vu les tours du World Trade Center s’effondrer.

Ce face à face avec la destruction à l’échelle mythique bouleverse le cours de sa vie à New York et terrifie Jeehan. S’ensuit le retour à la patrie, mais elle ne peut se pardonner l’abandon de sa vie américaine et, plutôt que de retourner chez ses parents, choisit d’errer de sanctuaire en sanctuaire du désert. Partageant la vie d’une famille qui n’est pas la sienne, elle se trouve impliquée dans un combat pour sauver des migrants clandestins. Dans ce paysage aride, à des lieux de Ground Zero, tandis que les vents soufflent, la dune chante la mort, l’amour et le pardon. L’histoire doit-elle finir là où elle a commencé ?

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