Since he visited Israel and wrote a positive article about it, the prizewinning Algerian writer Boualem Sansal has been threatened, blacklisted and defamed. But he refuses to express contrition or flee his country. Now he wants to promote cooperation among all writers − Arab and Israeli.
By Sefy Hendler, Haaretz
Israel lies at the heart of a storm that has been buffeting Sansal for months. The Algerian writer decided to visit Israel, returned “joyful” and even said so in writing. Since then, his life has been turned upside down.
Islamism and Nazism
His decision to become the only Arab writer living in an Arab country who did not boycott the Paris Book Fair in 2008 − at which Israel was the guest of honor − did nothing to enhance his domestic image. The situation deteriorated sharply that same year, when he published his most controversial book to date: “Le villag
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