Abdellah Taïa

Abdellah Taïa came to Aarhus in February 2016 as artist in residence hosted by Aarhus Centre for Literature. Taïa is a Moroccan author of prose fiction living in France and has published several novels inspired by his own life.
Udstillingsperiode:
01-02-2016 - 29-02-2016
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Titel:
Abdellah Taïa
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Abdellah Taïa came to Aarhus in February 2016 as artist in residence hosted by Aarhus Centre for Literature. Taïa is a Moroccan author of prose fiction living in France and has published several novels inspired by his own life. During his stay two of his books were published in Danish, Salvation Army and An Arab Melancholia; both books describe young Moroccan boys experiencing their homosexuality for the first time and experiments with it while having to keep it a secret from family and friends. In 2006 the author became the first openly gay Arab writer and with Salvation Army he supposedly gave the Arabic world its first gay protagonist. Since then he has become an iconic figure in Morocco where homosexuality is illegal.

During his residence he participated in two artist talks; one hosted by the international literary scene of the local libraries called Authors in Aarhus in which he talked with his Danish translator Simon Hartling and another one hosted by Aarhus Centre for Literature in which he talked with FRESH EYES-author Niviaq Korneliussen.

As a result of his residence Taïa has written a love story which takes place in Aarhus and in the form of a love letter. It is a moving piece about a relationship between two men, what joins them, and what separates them again.

Bio:
Taïa studied French Literature at the university while he still lived in Rabat but scholarships moved him from Morocco to Switzerland and then to France to finish his thesis. Now the author lives and works in Paris.
He published his first book, My Morocco, in 2000 and since then he has published seven novels (e.g. Le Rouge Du Tarbouche Séguier (2004), Le Jour Du Roi (2010), and Un Pays Pour Mourir (2015).
Besides his literary work Abdellah Taïa also directs and writes films. He has directed the adaptation of his own novel Salvation Army which was screened for the very first time at the Venice and Toronto film festivals in 2013.

Photo credit: Abderrahim Annag.