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Abdelilah Hamdouchi

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Abdelilah Hamdouchi

Abdelilah Hamdouchi, one of the first writers of police fiction in the Arabic language, was born in Meknès, Morocco, in 1958. His police novels—which dialogue with current democratic and human rights reform in Morocco—include The Blind Whale (1997), Saint Janjah (1999), The White Fly (2000), The Final Bet (2001), and Bled Dry (2009). The Final Bet was published, in Jonathan Smolin's English translation, by American University Press in Cairo in 2008.  Hamdouchi is also a prolific and award-winning screenwriter. Among his many film and television credits, he has written the scripts for seven police thrillers. He lives in Rabat, Morocco.

Articles by Abdelilah Hamdouchi

Bled Dry
By Abdelilah Hamdouchi
The Casablanca night doesn’t really begin until after midnight, but after midnight, anything goes. Nezha was wondering where Hammadi would want to finish off the evening. They left La Falaise at…
Translated from Arabic by Jonathan Smolin
from “The Last Wager: A Detective Novel”
By Abdelilah Hamdouchi
Abdelilah Hamdouchi's The Last Wager takes place in modern-day Casablanca. Othman is an unemployed thirty-two-year-old Moroccan married to a wealthy seventy-three-year-old French woman, Sofia, who…
Translated from Arabic by Jonathan Smolin
from The White Fly
By Abdelilah Hamdouchi
The White Fly (2000) is the first Arabic detective novel translated into English. Set in contemporary Tangier, Morocco, the narrative follows Detective Laafrit as he investigates the case of four dead…
Translated from Arabic by Jonathan Smolin
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