This fall, the Department of French and Italian is inviting well-known Algerian writer Salim Bachi to give a lecture at the University of Minnesota on 27 November. Bachi will speak about his work, French-Algerian past and current ties, the influence of the United States and current global issues on his writing, etc.
Salim Bachi is a Franco-Algerian writer born in 1971. In 2001, at the age of 30, he published his first novel, Le chien d’Ulysse, which received the Prix Goncourt du Premier roman (one of the most prestigious literary prices in France). Since then he has published a collection of short stories, an autobiographical novel and eight novels that garnered much attention from the media and scholars. He has held a number of residencies, including at the Académie de France in Rome and at University College Cork (Ireland). His novels have been translated into English, Arabic, German, Italian, Greek and Swedish. Most recently he published Dieu, Allah, moi et les autres (God, Allah, I and the rest).