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FIKRY EL AZZOUZI

Fikry El Azzouzi is a writer known for his columns, a.o. in De Morgen and De Standaard, novels and plays. His debut, Het Schapenfeest, was published in 2010 and was highly praised. In 2014 it was followed by the novel Drarrie in de nacht, which has been translated into several languages and was nominated for the Golden Owl. It became a true bestseller in Germany and the Spanish translation was warmly welcomed in Latin America. 

 

El Azzouzi has now written about ten plays and has been widely acclaimed for them. He won the performing arts prize for authors for the play IJdele dagen. For both the play Reizen Jihad and the novel Drarrie in de nacht, he was awarded the Ark Prize for Free Expression in 2015. Together with his company Jr.cE.sA.r he also made Malcolm X, which has been called a piece of theatre history, and the stage version of Drarrie in de nacht, adapted from his novel.

 

His novel Alleen Zij is the final part of a trilogy whose first two parts are Het Schapenfeest and Drarrie in de nacht. His last novel De Beloning came out in 2019.