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Abdelkader Benali

Abdelkader Benali was born in Morocco in 1975. He moved to the Netherlands with his parents at the age of four. When he was only twenty-one he published his first novel, Bruiloft aan zee (1996), for which he received the Geertjan Lubberhuizen Prize. This book was also his first breakthrough in literature and it has been translated into many languages. In the years that followed Benali also made his mark as a literary critic, short story writer, playwright and poet. It was not until 2002 that he published his second book, De langverwachte, which was highly successful and received the 2003 Libris Literature Prize. He published Laat het morgen mooi weer zijn in 2005. Following this, and within the short space of 18 months, he published Marokko door Nederlandse ogen 1605-2005 in collaboration with Herman Obdeijn, a collection of poetry entitled Panacee, the play Jasser and a report entitled Berichten uit een belegerde stad, which he wrote after spending a few months in Beirut. In addition to this, Bezige Bij published Wie kan het paradijs weerstaan, written in the same period, together with an exchange of letters with Michael Zeeman. His latest novel to date, Feldman en ik, was published in November 2006. In 2007 he published Marathonloper; this is Benali‚Äôs (literary) fantasy of his own experiences with, and his deep interest in, running.




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Abdelkader Benali
My father's photo album

Following a period of radio silence between him and his parents, the main character in the story gets a phone call from his father who tells him some startling news. His mother is ill. He is forced to travel to his parents' house and this proves to be the start of a journey through his dreams, past and family history.

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