Events in Modern Languages & Cultures
French Seminar Series, Reading and discussion with Algerian journalist Mustapha Benfodil
We are delighted to welcome to Durham the Algerian journalist, writer and visual artist Mustapha Benfodil, who will read from some of his latest poetry, theatre and novels. The reading will be followed by a discussion in French.
Born in the western Algerian city of Relizane in 1968, Mustapha Benfodil works as a journalist for the leading daily newspaper, El Watan. He is part of an emerging generation of avant-garde Algerian writers and artists of the post-civil war era and is known for his blending of the boundaries between literature, art and political activism.
His novels include Zarta! (Barzakh, 2000), Les Bavardages du Seul (Barzakh 2003) – winner of the prize for the best Algerian novel in 2004 – and Archéologie du chaos [amoureux] (Barzakh, 2007; published in France by Al Dante, 2012). He is the author of five plays, including Clandestinopolis (2005; staged at the Avant-scène théâtre, Paris, 2008); Les Borgnes (2011); and Le Point de Vue de la Mort (Al Dante, 2013).
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