Anouar Benmalek was born in Casablanca in 1956 and lives now in France. After the 1988 riots in Algeria in protest at government policies, he became one of the founders of the Algerian Committee against Torture. The Lovers of Algeria was awarded the prestigious Prix Rachid. Benmalek's most recent novel, The Child of an Ancient People (published by Vintage in 2004) won the Prix R.F.O. du Livre.
"A remarkable and deeply moving novel, which it is important to read... because it is good, very good, and deals unemotionally, and with humour and tact, with a burning issue: present-day Algeria. Anouar Benmalek shows us what everyday life was like for his compatriots caught up in a circle of vengeance, settling of accounts and despair, yet who succeed, despite everything, in surviving the horror"; Regine Deforges, L'Humanite