Author

Rachida Lamrabet

Rachida Lamrabet (b. 1970) is a Belgian author of Moroccan origin. She works as a lawyer for the Centre for Equality of Opportunity and Opposition to Racism in Brussels. In 2006 her story ‘Mercedes 207’ about a Moroccan who regularly travels between his relatives in Morocco and his family in Antwerp won the literary prize ‘Colour the Arts!’ awarded by Kif Kif. The story was included in Kif Kif. New Voices from Flanders (2006). Woman Country (2007), Rachida Lamrabet’s first novel, has attracted a great deal of interest and was extremely well received.

Woman Country

Woman Country

(Meulenhoff | Manteau, 2007, 180 pages)

Resistance or resignation are the only options, or so Mariam, the central character in Rachida Lamrabet’s Vrouwland (Woman Country), believes. A Moroccan woman in Antwerp who has chosen a Western lifestyle, she embraces her personal freedom, but not without encountering opposition and doubt.

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The Man Who Didn’t Want to be Buried

The Man Who Didn’t Want to be Buried

(De Bezige Bij Antwerpen, 2011, 226 pages)

In De man die niet begraven wilde worden (The Man Who Didn’t Want to be Buried), Rachida Lamrabet once more astonishes her readers with an unusual, penetrating and nuanced examination of the lives of people who are culturally uprooted, in some cases inwardly torn. Her characters are affected in their deepest being and in their most heartfelt emotions by the circumstances of their lives.

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