Yasmina Khadra

Mohammed Moulessehoul (Arabic: محمد مولسهول‎; born January 10, 1955), better known by the pen name Yasmina Khadra (Arabic: ياسمينة خضراء‎), is an Algerian author who writes in French.

Yasmina Khadra
Yasmina Khadra in March 2010
Yasmina Khadra in March 2010
Born (1955-01-10) 10 January 1955 (age 65)
Kénadsa, (Béchar Province), Algeria
Notable worksMorituri, The Swallows of Kabul, The Attack, and What the Day Owes the Night



Moulessehoul, an officer in the Algerian army, adopted his wife's name as a pseudonym to avoid military censorship. Despite the publication of many successful novels in Algeria, Moulessehoul only revealed his true identity in 2001 after leaving the army and going to France. He left the army as a major in 2000. Anonymity was the only way for him to survive and avoid censorship during the Algerian Civil War. In 2004, Newsweek acclaimed him as "one of the rare writers capable of giving a meaning to the violence in Algeria today."

His novel set in Afghanistan under the Taliban, The Swallows of Kabul, was shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award (2006), as was The Attack (2008). L'Attentat won the Prix des libraires in 2006, a prize chosen by about five thousand bookstores in France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Canada.

In an interview with the German radio station SWR1 in 2006, Khadra said "The West interprets the world as it likes. It develops certain theories that fit into its world outlook, but do not always represent the reality. Being a Muslim, I suggest a new perspective on Afghanistan, on religious fanaticism and what I would call religiopathy. My novel The Swallows of Kabul gives readers in the West a chance to understand the core of a problem that they usually only touch on the surface. Because fanaticism is a threat for all, I contribute to the understanding of its causes and backgrounds. Perhaps then it will be possible to find a way to bring it under control."[1]

Yasmina Khadra became director of the Algerian Cultural Center in Paris in November 2007.

On November 2, 2013 Khadra announced his candidacy for the presidency of Algeria.[2] He was, however, unable to qualify; collecting only 43,000 of the 90,000 signatures required.



  • Morituri (1997, 1999). Book One Superintendent Llob Series. (éditions Baleine - Le Seuil, 1997, 1999.) Second English language Edition 2004. The Toby Press LLC.
  • Double Blank (1997, 1999), translated by Aubrey Botsford. Book Two Superintendent Llob Series. Originally published as Double blanc (éditions Baleine - Le Seuil, 1997, 1999, Instantanés de Polar, 1997). First English language Edition 2005. The Toby Press LLC.
  • Autumn of the Phantoms, translated by Aubrey Botsford. Book Three Superintendent Llob Series. Originally published as L'Automne des Chimères. English language Edition 2006. The Toby Press LLC.
  • Dead Man's Share translated by Aubrey Botsford. Book Four Superintendent Llob Series. Originally published as La part du mort (éditions Julliard, 2004). English language edition 2009. The Toby Press LLC.
  • Les Agneaux du Seigneur (1998)
  • Wolf Dreams, Book Three of an Algerian trilogy
  • L'Imposture des mots (2002)
  • The Swallows of Kabul, translated by John Cullen
  • Cousine (2003)
  • The Attack, translated by John Cullen
  • The Sirens of Baghdad translated by John Cullen
  • What the Day Owes the Night translated by Frank Wynne (2010)
  • Cousin K translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith, Alyson Waters, Robert Polito
  • L'Équation africaine, 2012
  • Les anges meurent de nos blessures, 2013
  • Qu'attendent les singes, 2014
  • La derniere nuit du rais, 2015
  • dieu n'habite pas la havane, 2016
  • Khalil, 2018, awarded Grand Prix of Literary Associations 2018, (Belles-Lettres Category).


Book reviewsEdit

Cousin K:

  • New York Journal of Books reviewer Steve Emmet wrote "Cousin K may be a small book but it is a giant of a literary work."[4]
  • Publishers Weekly wrote "while the novella feels fractional, offering only piecemeal glimpses of the protagonists, it is atmospheric and the writing is tense and lyrical."


  1. ^ "SWR2 Wissen: Auf beiden Seiten der Fronten - SWR2 :: Programm :: Sendungen A-Z :: Wissen :: Archiv". SWR.de. Retrieved 2013-02-25.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Source: Bamenda Online
  4. ^ "a book review by Steve Emmett: Cousin K (French Voices)".

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