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Ibrahim al-Koni

Author, Arabic
Ibrahim Al-Koni is a Libyan writer and one of the most prolific Arabic novelists. Born in 1948 in the Fezzan Region, Ibrahim al-Koni was brought up on the tradition of the Tuareg, popularly known as “the veiled men” or “the blue men.” By 2007, al-Koni had published more than eighty books and received numerous awards. All written in Arabic, his books have been translated into thirty-five languages. His novel Gold Dust appeared in English in 2008. In 2015, Al-Koni was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. (Photo credit: Bidoun)