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Najat El Hachmi


Najat El Hachmi (Beni Sidel, Morocco, 1979) has lived in Catalonia since she was eight years old, and graduated in Arabic Studies from the University of Barcelona. She is a regular contributor to the press and a variety of radio stations.

Her estrangement at feeling part of two different places and her wish to be closer to the two worlds she felt she belonged to led her to write her first book Jo també sóc catalana / Yo también soy catalana (labutxaca/Columna, 2004).

Her fiction includes her first novel, translated into English as The Last Patriarch (Serpent’s Tail, 2010), which received the Ramon Llull Prize 2008 and the Prix Ulysse and was a finalist for the Prix Méditerranée Étranger; The Body Hunter (Serpent’s Tail, 2013); La filla estrangera / La hija extranjera (Edicions 62/Destino, 2015), which won the BBVA Sant Joan Novel Prize and the Ciutat de Barcelona Prize; and the successful Mare de llet i mel / Madre de leche y miel (Edicions 62/Destino, 2018). 

She has also published an essay on feminism and Islam which has been praised by both critics and the general public: Sempre han parlat per nosaltres / Siempre han hablado por nosotras (Edicions 62/Destino, 2019).

Her latest published work is the novel Dilluns ens estimaran / El lunes nos querrán (Edicions 62/Destino, 2021), which won the Nadal Prize 2021.

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