Fouad Laroui was born in 1958 in Oujda, Morocco. He is a writer (novels, short stories, poetry and essays) who lives between Casablanca, Amsterdam, and Paris. He won the Albert Camus Prize in 1996 for his debut novel, Les dents du Topographe, and many prizes since, including the Eddy du Perron Prize 2001 for "bringing more understanding between different communities in The Netherlands." He has recently begun to publish in Dutch. After the success of his humorous essay "Vreemdeling: aangenaam" ("Stranger: Pleased To Meet You," 2001), he has published two collections of poems in Dutch, Verbannen Woorden (Forbidden Words, 2002) and Hollandse woorden (Dutch Words, 2004). His most recent nonfiction book, De l’islamisme (About Islamism, 2006), was published simultaneously in French and in Dutch. He currently teaches French literature at the University of Amsterdam, after having taught Arabic culture at the same university for some years. His latest novel, Une année chez les Francais, was short-listed for the Prix Goncourt 2010.