The first female Algerian author to have her Arabic-language works translated into English, she actually is known for novels such as for example Fawda el Hawas (Chaos from the Senses) and Aber Sareer (Bed Hopper). She received several awards, like the Pioneers of Lebanon Committee Medal as well as the Amman Devotion Medal. Created in Tunis as the child of revolutionary innovator Mohammed Cherif, she spent a lot of her child years in exile from her indigenous country. Her book, Memory from the Flesh (Zakirat un Jassad), sold more than a million copies and received the 1998 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Books. She wedded journalist Georges Un Rassi in 1976. She and feminist article writer Helene Cixous are both natives of Algeria.