Not applicable: Fatima Daas

  • The youngest daughter
  • Literature

In France, Fatima Daas’s debut novel, The Youngest Daughter(La petite dernière), has been hailed as an eloquent story of female self-empowerment.

The protagonist Fatima is the latecomer in her family and the only one who was born in France, rather than Algeria, who is French. She lives with her family in the Paris banlieue; she travels three hours a day to university in Paris on public transport. She bears the name of the Prophet Mohammed’s youngest daughter – “a name to be honored. A name that must not be ‘sullied'”. Fatima is a practicing Muslim, she loves her God – and women. Fatima is a lesbian.

In every way, she is in between, always. She doesn’t quite belong anywhere, and at the same time refuses to move away from any of these identities. So how to live with this brokenness?

Fatima Daas was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye in 1995, the youngest child of Algerian parents. Her debut novel spent weeks on the French bestseller list, it is acclaimed by the press and translated into numerous languages. In 2021, it was awarded the International Prize for Literature. Daas describes herself as an intersectional feminist in search of a feminism that accepts her as both a Muslim and a queer woman.

Reading and discussion in German and French

Moderation: Sina de la Malafosse
Interpreting: Nicoline Erichsen

In the context of the French Week Heidelberg

In cooperation with the Deutsch-Französischer Kulturkreis (dfk) and with the support of the Institut français Germany


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