Tahar Ben Jelloun

Tahar Ben Jelloun was born in Morocco and immigrated to France in 1961. He has written more than thirty novels, including The Sacred Night, This Blinding Absence of Light, Leaving Tangier, The Sand Child, Corruption, and others. Ben Jelloun’s prose is at once lyrical, poetic, and rich in fairy tale, imagery, metaphor, and symbolism. His many honors include the Prix Goncourt, IMPAC, and the Prix Maghreb.

  • A picture of a secluded ancient city street where a tree loaded with red blooms sprouts from beside a stone building creating shade for those walking the street
    May 16, 2019 | Tahar Ben Jelloun
    Photo of Tétouan by Jean-Louis Potier / Flickr An early novel, L’Écrivain public (The public scribe) is a surrealistic, semi-autobiographical work that imagines the arc of the aut...

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