Name: Yasmina Khadra
Bio: Algerian army officer and author, most recently, of In the Name of God, Wolf Dreams and The Swallows of Kabul
From Army Officer to Writer of Fiction – 24th May 2005
From Army Officer to Writer of Fiction
This speech was printed in Sydney Papers Vol.17 No.3-4 in 2005 (pages 1-5)
Yasmina Khadra is the nom de plume of Mohammed Moulessehoul, an Algerian army officer. His first books were thrillers, set in today’s Algeria – a country where over 50, 000 people were killed in a civil war after the elected fundamentalist party was removed by military coup. He is also the author of three books published in English – In the Name of God and Wolf Dreams and The Swallows of Kabul. He now lives in France. When Moulessehoul was identified his loyal readers in Algeria and France were shocked. Yasmina Khadra – “Jasmine Green” – was a man. His novels are critical of both Algeria’s Islamists and the politicians who run the country. Yasmina Khadra addressed The Sydney Institute on Tuesday, 24 May 2005.