Abdellah Taïa (Arabic: عبد الله الطايع; born 1973) is a Moroccan writer and filmmaker who writes in the French language and has been based in Paris since 1998. He has published eight novels, many of them heavily autobiographical. His books have been translated into Basque, Dutch, English, Italian, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish and Arabic.
Described by Interview Magazine as a “literary transgressor and cultural paragon,” Taïa became the first openly gay Arab writer in 2006, and as of 2014 he remains the only openly homosexual Moroccan writer or filmmaker. His first movie, Salvation Army, is widely considered to have given Arab cinema “its first gay protagonist.” Since his coming-out, according to one source, Taïa “has become an iconic figure in his homeland of Morocco and throughout the Arab world, and a beacon of hope in a country where homosexuality is illegal.”
Abdellah Taia, the Award-Winning Moroccan Author Talks About his Book, "Infidels", Recently Translated into English
Abdellah Taia, the award-winning Moroccan author based in Paris talks about his book, "Infidels", which was just long-listed for the new Albertine Prize for French-language fiction translated into English
Abdellah Taia's "Infidels" was a Turning Point for the Paris-based Moroccan Author
"Infidels" by Abdellah Taia is a complex and multi-layered work that asks important questions about issues such as sociological and political violence, submission, religious freedom, secularism, Muslim faith, Islamic terrorism, and feminism.