Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Language: In French with Consecutive Interpretation in English
The Algerian Boualem Sansal (1949-) was trained as an engineer and holds a Ph.D. in industrial economics. He lives with his family in Algeria. Sansal once taught, led a consulting firm and was a high-ranking official in his country. At the outset of la sale guerre period (the Dirty War) following President Mohamad Boufiaf’s assassination and the rise of radical Islamism, he became critical of his country’s politics and was forced to leave his ministerial position.
At 50, Boualem Sansal committed himself to writing. His works include novels, short stories and essays. He has won many prestigious awards including the Prix du Premier Roman(1999), Grand Prix de la Francophonie de l’Académie Royal de Belgique (2008), the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade (2011), Grand Prix de la Francophonie (2013) and Grand Prix du roman de l’Académie française (2015).
Sansal was the recipient of the 2012 Editions Gallimard Arabic Novel Prize. The 15,000 euros prize money was revoked, however, as he attended the Jerusalem Writers’ Festival earlier that year.
Prof. Jean-Pierre Cabestan (Head of Department, Department of Government and International Studies, HKBU)
Dr. Emilie TRAN (Assistant Professor, Department of Government and International Studies)
Dr. Christophe TONG Yui (Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Creative Writing)
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