Tahar Ben Jelloun was born in Fez, Morocco, and immigrated to France in 1961. A novelist, essayist, critic, and poet, he is a regular contributor to Le Monde, La Republica, El Pais, and Panorama.
What Ben Jelloun does brilliantly is write with a kind of refreshing candor that demystifies the Arab world. (Paris Voice)
A profound and moving novel. (Le Monde) Daring and introspective, The Last Friend should bring [Ben Jelloun] the wide readership that has eluded him in this country. (The Nation) Absorbing, like a meditation, a trance. (The Daily Telegraph, London) ...a seductive, lyrical novel exploring the seeming betrayal of a lifelong friendship (French Book News)