Boualem Sansal

Algeria (b.1949)

Boualem Sansal is an internationally acclaimed Algerian author. Trained as an engineer with a doctorate in economics, he began writing novels at the age of 50 after retiring from his job as a high-ranking official in the Algerian government. The assassination of President Boudiaf in 1992 and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Algeria inspired him to write about his country.

Genres: Literary Fiction