Ibrahim Al Koni

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Ibrahim Al Koni is a Libyan writer of Tuareg origin. Brought up in the nomadic tradition of his desert people, he learned Arabic at the age of 12 and later studied comparative literature at the Maxim Gorky Literature Institute. He lives in Switzerland.

He is known as one of the most prolific Arabic novelists, with more than 80 books published, which between them have been translated into 35 languages.

In February 2008, he won the Sheikh Zayed Book Award for Literature, for ‘his unique creative style and the human and poetical aspects he has added to Arabic literature’. In 2010, he won the Arab Novel Award for his ability to utilise folklore, oral tradition, death rituals and aspects of everyday life in order to create a literary work.

His other awards include the French Order for Literature and Arts (2006), the Mohamed Zefzaf Prize for the Arabic Novel (2005) and the Award of the Swiss State (1995).

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