Writers in residence programme 2017

Atiq Rahimi WiR in Amsterdam

4 Sep-11 October 2017

In September and October French-Afghan writer and filmmaker Atiq Rahimi (1962) will be working and living as a writer-in-residence in Amsterdam, upon invitation of the Dutch Foundation for Literature.

After high school in Kabul he studied literature at the university. Following the Soviet invasion, Rahimi fled Afghanistan in 1984 and received political asylum in France where he obtained a doctorate in audiovisual media studies at the Sorbonne. Rahimi has produced several documentary films as well as the feature films Earth and Ashes, awarded the Prix du regard vers l’Avenir in Cannes in 2004, and Syngué sabour in 2012.

He made his debut with the novel Earth And Ashes in 2000, which has since been translated into 28 languages. In 2008, Atiq Rahimi was awarded the Prix Goncourt, for his novel Syngué sabour, translated in 37 languages. Since 2001, Atiq returned to Afghanistan many times to set up a Writers’ House in Kabul to offer support and training to young writers and film-makers.

Dutch translations of his novels have recently been published by De Geus: Die vervloekte Dostojevski (translated by Kiki Coumans, 2012), Steen van geduld (translated by Kiki Coumans, 2009), Labyrint van angst en droom (translated by Théo Buckinx, 2003), and Aarde en as (translated by Théo Buckinx, 2002).

During his residency in Amsterdam Atiq Rahimi will work on his new novel which partly takes place in this city.


Maaike Pereboom


Maaike Pereboom

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