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Tahar Ben Jelloun

Morocco (b.1944)

Tahar Ben Jelloun was born in 1944 in Fez, Morocco, and emigrated to France in 1961. He is one of North Africa's foremost novelists. His novels include The Sacred Night which received the Prix Goncourt in 1987.

Non fiction
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel winner (2004) : This Blinding Absence of Light

Tahar Ben Jelloun recommends
Dirty Feet (2011)
Edem Awumey
"This novel, whose scope is universal, concerns us all."
At Night All Blood Is Black (2020)
David Diop
"This novel is a wonder. Written in a simple, almost naive, yet astonishing style, it speaks of the tragedy of the trenches with a moving delicacy. This is no war novel, but a book on what Montaigne called 'the solder of brotherhood.'"

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