Abdellah Taïa

Abdellah Taïa


Abdellah Taïa was born in Rabat, Morocco in 1973. He is the first openly gay Arab writer. Éditions du Seuil has published eight of his novels, written in French and translated into English by Semiotext(e) and Seven Stories Press as well as other languages: L’armée du salut (2006), Une mélancolie arabe (2008), Infidèles (2012), Un pays pour mourir (2015), Celui qui est digne d’être aimé (2017), and La vie lente (2019). His novel Le jour du roi was awarded the prestigious French Prix de Flore in 2010. He directed his first film, Salvation Army, an adaptation from his eponymous novel, in 2013. The film won many international prizes and was selected to the 2013 Venice Film Festival, 2013 TIFF, and New Directors for 2014. His novel A Country for Dying, translated into English by Seven Stories Press, will be released in the U.S. on May 18, 2020.

Buy Abdellah Taïa’s latest book, A Country for Dying (translated by Emma Ramadan), on Amazon.

Photo Credit: Abderrahim Annag

Events with Abdellah Taïa

[CANCELED] The Westbeth Literary Quest

07 May 2020
6:30 pm-9:30 pm
Westbeth Center for the Arts
155 Bank Street
New York, NY 10014

[CANCELED] Unsung Voices

09 May 2020
4:30 pm-6:00 pm
Nuyorican Poets Cafe
236 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009

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