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Tahar Ben Jelloun


Tahar Ben Jelloun (Fez, 1944). He is a writer, painter and teaches philosophy. Winner of the Prix Goncourt in 1987 for his novel The Sacred Night. Tahar Ben Jelloun lives between Paris, Tangier and Marrakesh.

As a writer, some of his books have been translated into 45 languages. He has published 15 novels, several essays and educational books on racism, Islam and terrorism. As a painter, since 2013 he has exhibited his work at different spaces : the San Salvatore Museum in Lauro (Rome), the Tindouf Gallery (Marrakech) and also at the Galerie du Passage (Paris). In September 2017, the Arab World Institute in Paris hosted an exhibition of his new paintings, as well as his manuscripts and other objects associated with the art of literary creation. The exhibition was titled Carte blanche à Tahar Ben Jelloun. Then in October 2017, the Patrice Trigano Gallery in Paris exhibited around 20 paintings on the theme of doorways.

In 2017, a compilation of selected Ben Jelloun novels has been published in Gallimard’s prestigious Quarto collection. And in 2018 he also published in Gallimard La punition.