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Najat El Hachmi

Najat El Hachmi (Nador, 1979) is a writer who has lived in Catalonia since the age of eight. With a degree in Arab Studies from the University of Barcelona, she often works with newspapers and radio stations.

The strangeness of feeling that she belongs to two places and her desire to bring these two worlds closer together led her to write her first book Jo també sóc catalana (Columna, 2004). Her first novel, L’últim patriarca (Planeta, 2008), won the Ramon Llull Prize 2008, the Prix Ulysse, and was a finalist for the Prix Méditerranée Étranger. It was followed by La cazadora de cuerpos, published simultaneously in Catalan and Spanish (Columna – Planeta, 2011); La filla estrangera (Edicions 62 – Destino, 2015), winner of the BBVA Sant Joan Novel Award and the Ciutat de Barcelona Catalan Fiction Award; as well as the successful Mare de llet i mel (Edicions 62 – Destino, 2018). She also published an essay on feminism and Islam, Sempre han parlat per nosaltres (Edicions 62 – Destino, 2019), widely praised by critics and the public.

Her latest novel, Dilluns ens estimaran (Edicions 62 – Destino, 2021), won the 2021 Nadal Prize.