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Anouar Benmalek



Biography

Anouar Benmalek, born in Casablanca in 1956, is a novelist, journalist, mathematician, and poet. He's authored the award-winning The Lovers of Algeria and The Child of an Ancient People, as well as many other books. Benmalek, who fled Algeria to France in 1992 to escape Islamist death threats, holds both Algerian and French citizenship. Following the 1988 riots protesting government policies in Algeria and the subsequent crackdown, he became a co-founder of The Algerian Committee Against Torture, and an editor of The Black Book of October, a collection of testimonies given by victims subjected to torture by the Algerian state. Benmalek's The Lovers of Algeria, recently published in the United States, was awarded the Prix Ragid, and The Child of an Ancient People won the Prix R.F.O. du Livre.
Anouar Benmalek