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Moroccan Writer Abdelfattah Kilito Wins Grand Prix de la Francophonie

French Academy on Thursday awarded Moroccan writer and critic Abdelfattah Kilito its Grand Prix de la Francophonie for 2024, the institution announced in a press release.

Kilito was born in Rabat in 1945 and is currently a professor at the city’s faculty of letters and humanities. The award-winning writer also taught at other prestigious institutions such as Harvard and Princeton.

The Moroccan writer has produced many Arabic and French publications, as well as studies and research that appeared in scientific journals and Moroccan and Arab newspapers.

He wrote several books like “The Clash of Images,” “Arab and the Art of Storytelling: a Strange Familiarity,”, and “The Author and his Doubles: Essays on Classical Arabic Culture.”.

This is not Kilito’s only accolade, he is also a member of the Humanities Commission of the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco and has won several awards, most recently the King Faisal International Prize for Arabic Language and Literature 2023.

In 1996, the French Academy recognized him for his book “La Langue d’Adam” (Adam’s Language).

Founded in 1986, the French Academy’s Grand Prix de la Francophonie is “intended to crown the work of French-speaking individuals who made an outstanding contribution to the maintenance and illustration of the French language in their country or internationally,” reads the presentation of the award.

The list of honorees for 2024, unveiled by the French Academy on Thursday evening, includes 67 awards in the fields of literature, poetry, criticism, philosophy, history, cinema, theater, and French music.