Mohamed Choukri was born in Morocco in 1935. He was one of North Africa's most controversial and widely read authors, penning numerous works, including For Bread Alone (Telegram). He was Chair of Arabic Literature at Ibn Batutu College in Tangier.
'As a writer, he is in an enviable position, though he paid a high price for it in suffering.' Paul Bowles 'Choukri's irrepressible, ultimately indomitable spirit is most touching and human.' The Independent 'Choukri is a powerful teller of stories. His telling of oppression is vivid and remarkable.' Morning Star