Boualem Sansal, born in 1949, is considered by many to be the best writer in Algeria. After studying ingenieering and economics in Algeria, he worked as a consultant and high civil servant. In 1999, he published his first novel. Since then, he has published four more novels, each of which has attracted considerable attention. In 2003, he was fired from his civil servant position because of his rising fame as an independent mind, and a gifted novelist and for his courageous political statements. Boualem Sansal lives in Algeria with his wife and two children, in spite of threats from Muslim extremists and the indifference of the establishment.

Festivals: 2009 (fall)

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