Yasmina Khadra is the nom de plume of Mohammed Moulesslhoul, who was born in Algeria in 1955. As an officer in the Algerian army, he was discharged in 2000 with the rank of commander, after a 36-year military career, in order to pursue his calling, that of writing. In 2001, after a short stay in Mexico, he settled down in France, where he has lived since with his family. He took up his wife's suggestion that he adopt a pseudonym, her first and middle names serving the purpose.
Yasmina Khadra came to readers' attention in 1997 with Morituri, soon followed by L'Ecrivain
(The Writer), an autobiographical novel. Les Hirondelles de Kaboul (The Swallows of Kabul), translated in the U.S. by John Cullen, was chosen as best book of the year in 2005 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Christian Science Monitor. L'Attentat (The Assassination), published in 2005, confirmed his talent and the international acclaim he receives now. The Nobel Prize Winner for Literature J. M. Coetze sees in the prolific writer, now translated in seventeen languages, "a novelist of the first order."
FORMAT OF THE LECTURE
During this tour of readings rather than lectures, Yasmina Khadra will read passages from his work, spawning discussion with readers on the subject of his life as a writer, among other topics.
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