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Morocco

Najat El Hachmi

Najat El Hachmi was born in Morocco in 1979 and moved to Spain in 1987. She has a degree in Arab Studies from the University of Barcelona. Her first novel L’últim patriarca (Planeta,...

Abdelfattah Kilito

Abdelfattah Kilito was born in Rabat, Morocco in 1945. He has received he Great Moroccan Award (1989), the French Academy Award (1996), and the Sultan Al Owais Prize for Criticism and Literature...

Aziz BineBine

Aziz BineBine was born in Marrakesh in 1946. He completed his secondary education in the French lycée system and then entered the Royal Military Academy, becoming an officer in the Moroccan...

Siham Bouhlal

Siham Bouhlal was born in Casablanca, Morocco, and now lives in Paris. She has a PhD in literature from the Université Paris-Sorbonne, and translates medieval Arabic texts into French. She...

Hicham Benohoud

Hicham Benohoud was born in 1968 in Marrakech and now divides his time between Paris and Casablanca. His work in painting, video, and contemporary art installation often questions identity,...

Khadija Arouhal

Khadija Arouhal is an Tamazight-language poet from the Tiznit region in Morocco. She is considered one of the female ambassadors of Tamazight language and culture, participating in festivals...

Malika Moustadraf

Malika Moustadraf (1962–2006) was a preeminent arabophone Moroccan writer and one of the forebears of the short story genre in Morocco. She died of kidney disease at the age of forty-four,...

Mourad Kadiri

Mourad Kadiri was born in Sale, Morocco, in 1965. A poet who writes in Moroccan Arabic, he is a member of Morocco's Writers' Union and a member of the executive committee of the House of...

Ahmed Bouanani

Almost as soon as it was published in 1990, Ahmed Bouanani’s great novel, L’Hôpital, disappeared. Not until two decades later, in 2012, was it re-released in both Morocco and...

Soukaina Habiballah

Soukaina Habiballah was born in 1989 in Casablanca. She is the author of the poetry collections A Quarter Century of Sight (2014) and There's No Need for...

Abdallah Zrika

Born in Casablanca in 1953, Abdallah Zrika grew up in the slums of Ben Msik. He wote his first poems at age twelve & self-published his first book (Dance of the Head and the Rose) in...

Mohammed El Khadiri

Mohamed El Khadiri, born in 1986, is a journalist and writer. He graduated from the Université d’Aix-Marseille. He is the author of a book of poetry written in Arabic whose title...

Mohamed Leftah

Mohamed Leftah was born in Settat, Morocco, in 1946. He attended engineering school in Paris and returned to Morocco in 1972. He worked as a literary journalist at Matin du...

Mohamed Nedali

Mohamed Nedali was born in Tahannaout, near Marrakech, in 1962 into a family of poor farmers. Educated in Marrakech and at Nancy 2 University, France, he has taught at his local high school since...

Rachid O.

Rachid O. was born in Rabat in 1970. He is the author of Plusieurs Vies (Gallimard, 1996) and  Chocolat chaud (Gallimard, 1998).

Mahi Binebine

Mahi Binebine was born in Marrakech in 1959. He studied in Paris and taught mathematics, until he became recognized first as a painter, then as a novelist. Between 1994 and 1999 he lived in New...

Abdellah Taïa

Abdellah Taïa was born in Rabat, Morocco, in 1973. He is the first Moroccan and Arab writer to publicly declare his homosexuality. Editions du Seuil has published five of his books,...

Fouad Laroui

Fouad Laroui is a economist and writer born in 1958 in Oujda, Morocco. Over the past twenty years, Laroui has been consistently building an oeuvre centered around universally contemporary...

Khadija Marouazi

Khadija Marouazi was born in Marrakesh in 1961. A member of the Moroccan Organization for Human Rights and general secretary of the Center for the Study of Democracy and Human Rights, she is...

Rachida Madani

Rachida Madani was born in Tangiers in 1951; she still lives there. Contes d'une tête tranchée was published in 2001 in Morocco by Editions Al-forkane; the French text was...

Tahar Ben Jelloun

A Moroccan author writing in French, Tahar Ben Jelloun was born in 1944 in Fez and immigrated to France in 1961. He has published numerous novels, collections of poetry, and essays. He won the...

Abdelilah Hamdouchi

Abdelilah Hamdouchi, one of the first writers of police fiction in the Arabic language, was born in Meknès, Morocco, in 1958. His police novels—which dialogue with current democratic...

Nedjma

Nedjma is a pseudonym. The author of The Almond is in her forties and lives in the Maghreb region.

Anouar Benmalek

Anouar Benmalek was born in Casablanca in 1956 and now lives in France. After the 1988 riots in Algeria in protest of government policies, he became one of the founders of the Algerian Committee...

Hafid Bouazza

Hafid Bouazza (b. 1970) made a striking entry into Dutch literature with his collection of short stories De voeten van Abdullah ( Abdulah's Feet, 1996). Here was a "foreign"...
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