Abdellah Taïa (Salé, 1973) is an openly gay Moroccan writer who has lived in self-imposed exile in Paris since 1998. Taïa writes in French and has had works translated into Basque, Dutch, English, Spanish  and Swedish.
Taïa grew up in a family with 9 siblings in Salé, Morocco. He first came into contact with literature through his father, who was a janitor at the local library in Rabat. As a gay teenager, he was confronted with the homophobia and machismo in Moroccan society.
He studied French literature while living in Rabat. During the mid-1990s he left Morocco for Switzerland in order to study for a semester in Geneva. He later studied at the Sorbonne in Paris.
In 2007 he publicly came out of the closet in an interview with the literary magazine TelQuel, which created controversy in Morocco.
Taïa's books deal with his life living in a homophobic society and have autobiographical background on the social experiences of the generation of Moroccans who came of age in the 1980s and 1990s.
Bibliography (selection) 
- Mon Maroc, Séguier 2000; Spanish translation: Mi Marruecos, Editorial Cabaret Voltaire, 2009
- Le rouge du Tarbouche Séguier 2004
- L’Armée du Salut, Seuil, 2006: English translation by Frank Stock: Salvation Army, Semiotext(e)
- Maroc 1900–1960, un certain regard. Actes Sud 2007 (with Frédéric Mitterrand)
- Une mélancolie árabe. Seuil 2008: English translation by Frank Stock: An Arab Melancholia, Semiotext(e)
- Le jour du roi. Seuil 2010
- Infidèles. Seuil 2012
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