Abdelfattah Kilito is a Moroccan fabulist and scholar, who writes in Arabic and French. He is professor emeritus in the Department of French at Muhammad V University in Rabat, Morocco, and has written extensively about classical Arabic literature, bilingualism, and issues of translation. His many books include The Author and his Doubles
(1985; trans. 2001), The Tongue of Adam
(1999; trans. 2018), Thou Shalt Not Speak My Language
(2008), and The Clash of Images,
a collection of tales (2010). The Arabs and the Art of Storytelling: A Strange Familiarity
came out in English in 2014. Je parle toutes les langues, mais en arabe
(I speak all languages but in Arabic) was published in French in 2013. The twelve tales appearing here were first published by the DABA Maroc festival in Brussels in 2012.
Abdelfattah Kilito has won Le Grand Prix du Maroc (1989), Le Prix Grand Atlas (1996), the French Academy Award (le Prix du Rayonnement de la Langue Française, 1996), and the Sultan Al Owais Price for Criticism and Literature Studies (2007).
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