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Abdellah Taïa

Author, French
Abdellah Taïa was born in 1973 in Rabat, Morocco, grew up in the neighboring town of Salé, and later moved to Paris, France, where he lives now. Taïa’s public proclamation of his homosexuality in 2007 sparked conversations about gay rights in his home country and throughout the Arab world. His own experiences, as well as themes of sexuality, Islam, and immigration, feature prominently in his work. He is the author of nine books, including Le jour du Roi, which was awarded the Prix de Flore, and most recently Celui qui est digne d’être aimé. He has also directed a film adaptation of his book L’Armée du Salut. (Photo credit: Ulf Andersen)