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Literature 2019

Dr. Bensalem Himmich


Himmich is an intellectual and author, and the former Minister of Culture for Morocco. He attained his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Paris. Writing in both Arabic and French, some of his novels have been translated into several other languages. The Writers’ Union of Egypt chose Himmich’s novel Majnoun Al Hukm as one of the 100 best novels of the 20th Century, and another novel, Mu’athibati, was shortlisted for the Arab Booker International Award. Himmich has spoken at several Arab, European and American forums, and received the grand award of the French Academy of Toulouse in 2011.


About The Book

Bensalem Himmich’s book (The Self - Between Existence and Creation) published by Le Centre Culturel Du Livre, is an autobiography in which Himmich offers glimpses into his life as a novelist and writer. He also discusses the intellectual stances he has embodied throughout his various stages of writing. 

Himmich’s book asserts the close connection between “existence”, a term impacted by philosophy, and “creation”, which is the path taken by oneself in struggles against various cultural and existential matters. The Self - Between Existence and Creation brings together creative dimensions fed by an author's technical expertise and the debating nature acquired by a critical academic. The book carries a depth of knowledge and culture that commands several readings and interaction with its content. 

Published: 2018

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