Youssef Fadel

Youssef Fadel

Youssef Fadel, a distinguished Moroccan writer, was born in 1949 in the bustling city of Casablanca. His life and work have significantly contributed to Moroccan literature, particularly in the fields of novel writing and playwriting. Fadel’s journey has been marked by his resilience and creative prowess, as he endured imprisonment during the notorious ‘Years of Lead’ in Morocco, specifically in the Moulay al-Sheriff prison during 1974-1975.

“Youssef Fadel: Mastering Literary Diversity and Societal Reflections”

Fadel’s career in literature is diverse and extensive. Besides teaching French in Casablanca, he joined the Union of Moroccan Writers in 1982. His literary achievements include several published novels and plays, illustrating his versatile talent in both genres. His first play, “The Barber in the Poor District,” was adapted into a film directed by the late Mohamed Reggab in 1982. Fadel’s novel “Hashish,” published in 2000, earned the prestigious Grand Atlas Prize. Another notable work, his ninth novel “A Rare Blue Bird that Flies with Me,” was not only awarded the Morocco Book Prize in 2014 but also made it to the shortlist for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in the same year.

Fadel’s bibliography reflects his mastery of different literary forms. His notable published works include the plays “The Barber in the Poor District,” “Ascent and Collapse of Marrakesh,” and “The Journey of Si Mohammed,” along with the novels “The Pigs,” “Agmat,” “Celestina,” “King of the Jews,” “Metro Improbable,” “The Zoo Story,” “A Rare Blue Bird that Flies with Me,” “A Beautiful White Cat Walks with Me,” “Farah,” and “Life of the Butterflies.” His unique use of diglossic language in his novels has been studied academically, particularly in Jorge Aguadé’s work “Des Romans diglossiques: le cas de Youssef Fadel” at Cadiz University, Spain.

Fadel’s contributions to Moroccan literature extend beyond his novels and plays. His works capture the essence of Moroccan society and politics, offering profound insights into the human condition through his storytelling. His legacy as a writer is defined by weaving intricate narratives reflecting Morocco’s socio-political landscapes, establishing him in Arabic literature.

Books Written by Youssef Fadel