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Youssouf Amine Elalamy


Youssouf Amine Elalamy (1961, Morocco), lives and works in Rabat.

Youssouf has published five books, three of which are novels. Un Marocain à New York (Eddif, 1998), Les clandestins, awarded the Prix Grand Atlas 2001 (Eddif, 2000/Au Diable Vauvert, 2001), Paris mon bled (Eddif, 2002), Miniatures (Hors’Champs, 2004), and Tqarqib Ennab (Khbar Bladna, 2006). In September 2003 he published Le Journal de YAE, a collection of texts inspired by the suicide attacks in Casablanca. Youssouf Amine Elalamy has also written several articles on the image, photography, and fashion, which have been published both in Morocco and internationally. His books have been translated into Arabic, English, Spanish and Italian. Some have led to artistic projects, such as the musical adaptation of Paris mon bled, and the exhibition of Miniatures in the Villa des Arts in Casablanca in February 2005 and in Rabat in 2006.

Youssouf Amine Elalamy teaches stylistics and media at the School of letters and humanities at the Ibn Tofail university in Kenitra, Morocco. He teaches in the English Department and has gained his Ph.D in communication, on the representation of women in the Moroccan feminine press. In 1991 he received a Fulbright scholarship which enabled him to do research in the field of advertising. Affiliated with New York University, he simultaneously followed courses in fashion and advertising copywriting at the Fashion Institute of Technology and The Parsons School of Design. After three years in New York, he returned to Morocco and published his first novel, Un Marocain à New York, which became an immediate success. He currently lives and works in Rabat. In addition to the Grand Prix Atlas 2001, which he received for his novel Les clandestins, Youssouf Amine Elalamy was awarded the first prize in the category travel stories in 1999 by the British Council for his collection of stories in English.