“I am a woman, bourgeois, free-thinker, French-speaking, democrat, intellectual. In short, I collect blemishes,” she writes in An Algerian Education, with a sense of self-mockery. A portrait that would be enough to justify the desire to meet her. Added to this is the recent release of the book Sadness is a wall between two gardens, a title taken from the Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran, the fruit of a year of exchanges with the historian Michelle Perrot on hot topics: France and Algeria, memory and history, religion and feminism, etc. Opening breaches in the walls, building a bridge between the two shores of the Mediterranean, this could sum up the life of commitment of Wassyla Tamzali, lawyer, director of women’s rights at Unesco, writer and founder of a center of art in Algiers, Les Ateliers sauvage. A life that goes through the violence of war, the successive postcolonial powers, the life of a woman who has always believed in a feminist and democratic utopia that she has supported since the liberation of Algeria.