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Najat El Hachmi was born in Morocco in 1979 and moved to Spain in 1987. She has a degree in Arab Studies from the University of Barcelona. Her first novel L’últim patriarca (Planeta, 2008), won the Ramon Llull Prize 2008 and the Prix Ulysse, and was a bestseller and was translated into 11 languages. After the publication of her second novel, La caçadora de cossos (Columna-Planeta, 2011), her latest work is La filla estrangera (Edicions 62, 2015), winner of the BBVA Sant Joan Novel Award and the Ciutat de Barcelona Catalan Fiction Award.