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Nassuf Djailani was born on the island of Mayotte in the Comoros archipelago. A journalist at France Television, he also writes for radio and print, and has contributed to literary journals in France (Riveneuve Continents and Ubu Théâtre scène d'Europe in particular). He won the Grand Prix littéraire de l'Océan Indien, as well as the Premier Prix de la poésie 2005, for his poetry collection Roucoulement. His other published work includes Spirale (poetry), published by Les Belles Pages Publishers in Marseille in 2004, and Une saison aux Comores (narrative) by Komédit Publishers in 2005 (reprinted in 2006). His dramatic piece La vertu des ombres has recently been staged by the Djumbé Theatre in the Comoros, and has been included in the programming of the Drama and Contemporary Dance Festival of Mayotte. He also received the Prix Hishima in 2008 and the Prix Bayard in 2005. Since 2010, he has edited Project-îles, a journal of analysis, criticism, and reflection on the art and literature of the Indian Ocean.
photo: Soeuf Elbadawi