Kamel DaoudAlgeriaWriting2016

Born in 1970 in Mostaganem, Algeria, Kamel Daoud studied mathematics and French literature.

During his fifteen years as a journalist and managing editor of “Le Quotidien d’Oran”- Algeria’s third largest daily -- he wrote the column “Raïna Raïkoum”, the most widely read column in Algeria. His articles are regularly syndicated in the international press and have appeared in Le Monde, Courrier International, The New York Times and La Repubblica, among others.


He is the author of many works, including the short-story collection, La Préface du Nègre (translated into Italian as, La Prefazione del Negro, Edizioni Casagrande, 2013; English translation forthcoming) which received the Mohammed Dib Prize in 2008. He is also the author of the novel, Meursault, contre-enquête (Barzakh, 2013; Actes Sud, 2014), which achieved worldwide success and has been translated into thirty languages (translated into Italian as, Il Caso Meursault, Bompiani, 2015, and in English as, The Meursault Investigation, Other Press, 2015.) Meursault, contre-enquête won the 2015 Goncourt First Novel Prize.