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Abdourahman A. Waberi


Abdourahman A. Waberi is novelist, essayist, poet, and short-story writer. Born in Djibouti City in 1965, he traveled to Caen, France in 1985, where he began his studies of English language and literature. Waberi is the author of numerous novels, essays, articles, and travel reports. His articles, short stories, and reviews have been published in many African and international magazines and newspapers, including Le Monde diplomatique, Africultures, Le MondeLibération, Le Nouvel Observateur, Jeune Afrique Economie, DU, Grand Street, and Lettre International.  His writings, now translated into more than ten languages, include The Land Without Shadows; Transit; Harvest of Skulls; Rifts, Roads, Railways; and, In the United States of Africa. His first volume of stories, The Land without Shadows, won Belgium's Royal Academy of French Science, Literature and Fine Arts Prize, and the Grand prix littéraire d'Afrique noire. Waberi is currently a Donald and Susan Newhouse Center for the Humanities Fellow at Wellesley College, Massachusetts.
Abdourahman Waberi