Mohammad Achaari, while known primarily as a poet, also writes fiction and administers culture. He was born in 1951 in Moulay Driss Zerhoun, Morocco.
Don’t get me wrong: I think that crossing true red lines and discussing subjects that are considered “out of bounds” has a real place in art and literature, most particularly if this line-crossing is done with an original aesthetic sense.
The July 2010 issue of Words Without borders—Sports—features an interesting story titled “Penalty” by Moroccan-French author Anouar Benmalek. This is not, of course, “Arabic literature,” as Benmalek writes in French. However, I think Arabic is often at play in between… Read More ›
African Writing Online has a strange, funny, and sometimes awkward interview with Moroccan-American author Laila Lalami in its latest issue. It has some interesting moments, once the beginning awkwardness is over. And besides, it’s an excellent excuse to post some… Read More ›
Why Moroccan lit? Why today? Because I wanted to steal some of my friend Esen’s gorgeous photographs of Chefchaouen, Morocco. I have concluded that: either a) Chefchaouen is one of the most beautiful places on Earth or b) Esen is… Read More ›
Sousan Hammad always asks when the Beirut39-ers (a group of 39 up-and-coming Arab writers under 40) began writing. Moroccan novelist and short-story writer Abdelaziz Errachidi had one of the more interesting answers: I always say there are two types of… Read More ›
Last week, Moroccan poet Mohammed Bennis received the Maghreb Culture Prize in recognition of “his outstanding literary achievements and poetry works.” So sayeth the Agence Maghreb Arab Press and the blog Reading Morocco. Past winners of the prize include novelist… Read More ›
There are three big books I’m looking forward to in 2010: Sonallah Ibrahim’s Stealth* (out from Aflame in February), Elias Khoury’s White Masks, (out from from Archipelago in April), and Youssef Ziedan’s Azazeel (out from Atlantic Books in March or… Read More ›
It was early December when the yearly Prix Goncourt for poetry was announced, but the ceremony takes place on Jan. 12 of the new year. The prize is to a “francophone” poet, although Laâbi doesn’t like the term. Of course,… Read More ›