Hamza Zirem from Algeria, one of the most active ICORN Guest Writers, is currently living in Potenza City of Refuge, Italy. He has just published a book summarizing literaty meetings which he has chaired in Potenza: "Rencontres littéraires à Potenza". The book contains Mr Zirem's lectures about four writers with connections to Algeria - Albert Camus, Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Jean Amrouche and Tahar Djaout. The book also contains some of Mr Zirem's own poems.
While Camus, the Nobel Prize laureate of 1957, belonged to a family of French settlers, Terence is commonly considered as a Latin comedy writer from Antiquity (but he came from today's Algeria), Jean Amrouche is the atheistic 20th century author about whom Mr Zirem wrote a book which is why he had to flee his country, and Tahar Djaout was a universally aclaimed, French-language writer who was murdered by the islamist fanatics of GIA in 1992. In his book, Mr Zirem opens up for discussions from various points of view about these writers and their connection to Algeria. It is a book against hate, trying to propagate hope.