Moroccan Writer Abdellah Taïa Loves Sorcery and Men with Moustaches

Photography by Bruno Staub
Interview by Ahmed Ibrahim

Abdellah Taïa was destined to be a writer. Born in the public library where his father was a janitor, he grew up in Salé, a city near the Moroccan capital Rabat. Determined to learn French and study abroad, he won a scholarship and lifted himself out of his impoverished and hostile surroundings, and eventually became known as the North African country’s only out homosexual.

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