The Alliance française Dubai  has welcomed the French-Moroccan poet Tahar Ben Jelloun, winner of the Goncourt prize for his novel The Sacred Night. On the occasion of  La Semaine de la Francophonie, the author came to present his latest work, The punishment, published by Gallimard, an autobiographical narrative. It is filled with anecdotes telling the ordeal he has experienced and that he is giving to the reader only fifty years later.

Tahar Ben Jelloun is also a self-taught artist. Admirer and observer of different Moroccan painters and sculptors such as Bellamine, Kacimi or Gharbaoui, he is also interested as well in Picasso, Matisse and Giacometti. Tahar Ben Jelloun is inspired by different artists to create poetic and colorful works. You can find his first exhibition in the United Arab Emirates at La Galerie Nationale of Dubai until September 18,  in collaboration with the Institute of the Arab World (IMA).

Tahar Ben Jelloun is the most translated French-speaking writer in the world. In 1976, he won the Franco-Arab friendship award for his collection of poems: The almond trees died of their wounds.

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La Galerie Nationale
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