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Leïla Slimani (MA)

Portrait of the author Leïla Slimani
Foto: Catherine Hélie, Editions Gallimard.

Leïla Slimani is a Moroccan author, whose latest novels are a family trilogy, of which the first two books are titled The Country of Others and Watch Us Dance. Slimani draws on her own family history in the narrative of the marriage between the French woman, Mathilde, and the Moroccan man, Amine, challenged by the cultural clashes they experience in post-war Morocco. It is a story of racial discrimination, class, love, and the struggle to survive on the barren property inherited by Amine from his father, where hope, dreams, and expectations face harsh realities.

 

In 2016, Slimani achieved international acclaim with the novel Lullaby, which was sold for publication in 40 countries. Lullaby is a moral and psychological thriller about class conflicts in Parisian high society. The novel begins with the otherwise loving nanny Louise murdering two children she is employed to take care of, leading to a thought-provoking tale of motherhood, gender, and class. In 2016, Slimani received the prestigious French literary award, The Prix Goncourt.

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