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"There are very few great poets in the world." -- Tahar Ben Jelloun
Tahar Ben Jelloun () (born in Fes, Morocco, 1 December 1944) is a Moroccan poet and writer. The entirety of his work is written in French, although his first language is Arabic.

After attending a bilingual (Arabic-French) elementary school, Ben Jalloun studied French in Tangier, Morocco until he was 18 years old. He continued his studies in philosophy at Mohammed-V University in Rabat, where he composed his first poems (collected in Hommes sous linceul de silence (1971).

After this point, he worked as a professor in Morocco, teaching philosophy first in Tetouan and then in Casablanca. However, he left Morocco in 1971 after the arabization of the philosophy department, unable or unwilling to teach in Arabic. He moved to Paris to continue his studies in psychology, and began to write more extensively.

Starting in 1972, he began to write articles and reviews for the French newspaper [Le Monde], and in 1975 he received his doctorate in social psychiatry. Using his experience with psychotherapy as both a reference and an inspiration, he wrote the book La Réclusion solitaire in 1976.

In 1985 he published the novel "L'Enfant de sable," which was widely celebrated. He won the Prix Goncourt in 1987 for his novel La Nuit Sacrée.

In 1997 he saw his novel Le Racisme expliqué à ma fille published, wherein he "explains racism to his daughter," using his family as inspiration for his novels. Ben Jalloun is regularly asked to give speeches and lectures at universities worldwide - both in Morocco, and all over Europe.

In 2004 he was awarded the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for This Blinding Absence of Light (translated from the French by Linda Coverdale). He was rewarded the Prix Ulysse in 2005 for the entirety of his work

In September 2006, he was awarded a special prize for "peace and friendship between people" at Lazio between Europe and the Mediterranean Festival.

On 1 February 2008, Nicolas Sarkozy awarded him the Cross of Grand Officer of the Légion d'honneur.

Ben Jelloun is married and father of 4 children. He lives in Paris.

In his novel, Leaving Tangier, Ben Jelloun writes about a Moroccan brother and sister who leave their impoverished home in search of better lives in Spain.This novel sheds a cold light on a side of North African life that is often overlooked and at times unimaginable; he is unflinching in his commitment to expose the sacrifice and pain inherent in the struggle to rise above poverty and move within the Western world. Leaving Tangier centers on the paths of Azel and his sister, Kenza, as they seek to reinvent their lives, in Barcelona, and how their paths diverge once they get there. Each sibling’s ambition rests in the hands of Miguel, a mysterious wealthy older Spaniard, and a man generous and loving one moment, demanding and cruel the next. Miguel’s power lies in what he can offer the siblings...and in what he can take away

His novels L'Enfant de sable and La Nuit sacrée are translated into 43 languages. Le racism expliqué à ma fille has been translated into 33 languages. He has participated in translating many of his works.

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Total Books: 140
About My Mother A Novel
2016 - About My Mother a Novel (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781846592010
ISBN-10: 1846592011
Genre: Literature & Fiction

By Fire Writings on the Arab Spring
2016 - By Fire Writings on the Arab Spring (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780810133396
ISBN-10: 0810133393
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Happy Marriage
2016 - The Happy Marriage (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781612194653
ISBN-10: 1612194656
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Reference

Mes Contes De Perrault
2015 - Mes Contes De Perrault (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782757855867
ISBN-10: 2757855867
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Meetings in Marrakech The Paintings of Hassan El Glaoui and Winston Churchill
El retorno / The Return
2011 - El Retorno / the Return [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788420654744
ISBN-10: 8420654744
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy

2011 - Zurckkehren (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783833307393
ISBN-10: 3833307390

Arabischer Frhling
2011 - Arabischer Frhling (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783827010483
ISBN-10: 3827010489

A Palace in the Old Village A Novel
2011 - A Palace in the Old VIllage a Novel (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780143118473
ISBN-10: 0143118471
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

La rivoluzione dei gelsomini Il risveglio della dignit araba
2011 - La Rivoluzione Dei Gelsomini Il Risveglio Della Dignit Araba (Other)
ISBN-13: 9788845267741
ISBN-10: 8845267741

Rising of the Ashes
2010 - Rising of the Ashes (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780872865266
ISBN-10: 0872865266
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Marocco romanzo
2010 - Marocco Romanzo (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9788806188849
ISBN-10: 8806188844
Genre: Nonfiction

L'Islam spiegato ai nostri figli E agli adulti che vogliono rispondere alle loro domande
L'uomo che amava troppo le donne
2010 - L'uomo Che Amava Troppo Le Donne (Other)
ISBN-13: 9788845265365
ISBN-10: 8845265366

Mi madre/ My Mother
2009 - Mi Madre/ My Mother [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788476698693
ISBN-10: 8476698690
Genre: Nonfiction

Leaving Tangier A Novel
2009 - Leaving Tangier a Novel (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780143114659
ISBN-10: 0143114654
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Reference
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Leaving Tangier
2009 - Leaving Tangier (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781905147823
ISBN-10: 1905147821

L'ha ucciso lei
2008 - L'ha Ucciso Lei (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9788806189181
ISBN-10: 8806189182

Les pierres du temps et autres pomes
2007 - Les Pierres Du Temps Et Autres Pomes [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782757802250
ISBN-10: 2757802259

L'Ecole Perdue
2007 - L'ecole Perdue [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782070578924
ISBN-10: 2070578925
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Last Friend
2007 - The Last Friend (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780143038481
ISBN-10: 0143038486
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

2003 - Nouvelles Pour La Libert [French Edition] (Paperback)
2002 - Papa Que Es El Racismo [Coleccion Derechos del Nino/Children's Rights Collection - Spanish Edition] (Other)Paperback
1998 - La Reclusion Solitaire [French Edition] (Paperback)
1998 - La Nuit De Terreur [French Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
1987 - La Nuit Sacree [The Sacred Night - French Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
Moha La Fou Le Sage [French Edition] (Paperback)
Hospitalite Francaise Racisme Et Immigration Maghrebine [L'Histoire immediate - French Edition] (Paperback)
La Nuit Sacree Roman [French Edition] (Paperback)
L'enfant De Sable [French Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
L'ange Aveugle [French Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
L'homme Rompu Roman [French Edition] (Paperback)
Ange Aveugle [French Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
Le Racisme Explique a Ma Fille [Le livre de poche - French Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
A L'insu Du Souvenir [Collection "Voix" - French Edition] (Paperback)
Harrouda [French Edition] (Paperback)
Eloge De L'amitie La Soudure Fraternelle [Arlea-poche - French Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
Angel Ciego El [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
El Hombre Roto [Panorama de Narrativas - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Elogio De La Amistad [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Sufrian Por La Luz [Rba Literaria - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Dove Lo Stato Non C'e Racconti Italiani [Gli Struzzi - Italian Edition] (Paperback)