Kamel Daoud

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Kamel Daoud (2015)
by Claude Truong-Ngoc

Kamel Daoud (Arabic: كمال داود‎; born June 17, 1970) is an Algerian writer and journalist. He currently edits the French-language daily Le quotidien d’Oran, for which he writes a popular column, "Raïna Raïkoum" (Our Opinion, Your Opinion). The column often includes commentary on the news.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Daoud was born in Mostaganem, Algeria on June 17, 1970.[2] The oldest of six children, he was raised in an Arabic-speaking Muslim family in Algeria.[3] Daoud studied French literature at the University of Oran.[2] Daoud was married but divorced in 2008, after the birth of his daughter as his wife had become increasingly religious (and started wearing the hijab). He is a father to two children (the eldest, a son, the youngest, a daughter) and dedicated his novel The Meursault Investigation to them.[4]


Daoud's debut novel, The Meursault Investigation (in French, Meursault, contre-enquête) (2013), won the Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman (Goncourt Prize for a First Novel),[5] as well as the prix François Mauriac and the Prix des cinq continents de la francophonie. It was also shortlisted for the Prix Renaudot.[6]

In April 2015, an excerpt from Meursault, contre-enquête was featured in the New Yorker magazine.[7] The November 20, 2015, issue of the New York Times featured an op-ed opinion piece by Daoud titled "Saudi Arabia, an ISIS That Has Made It" in both English (translated by John Cullen) and French.[8] The February 14, 2016, issue of the New York Times featured a controversial[9] second op-ed piece by Daoud, "The Sexual Misery of the Arab World" in English (translated by John Cullen), French, and Arabic.[10]

In 2018, his Le Quotidien d'Oran articles (2010-2016) were translated into English.[11]


  1. ^ Daoud, Kamel. Translated into English by Suzanne Ruta. "Kamel Daoud: Meursault" (Archive). Guernica. March 28, 2011. Retrieved on December 7, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Steven R. Serafin, Kamel Daoud, Encyclopedia Britannica (March 11, 2016).
  3. ^ "Kamel Daoud | Algerian writer". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  4. ^ "Stranger Still".
  5. ^ "Le Goncourt du premier roman 2015". Academie Goncourt. May 5, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  6. ^ "Kamel Daoud: Meursault, contre-enquête [Meursault, Counter Investigation". The Modern Novel Blog. 2014-10-29. Retrieved 2016-02-14.
  7. ^ Daoud, Kamel. Translated into English by John Cullen. "Musa" (Archive). New Yorker. April 6, 2015. Retrieved on December 7, 2015.
  8. ^ Daoud, Kamel. Translator: John Cullen. "Saudi Arabia, an ISIS That Has Made It" (Archive). The New York Times. November 20, 2015. Original French: "L'Arabie saoudite, un Daesh qui a réussi" (Archive).
  9. ^ Hugh Schofield, Algerian novelist Kamel Daoud sparks Islamophobia row, BBC News (March 7, 2016).
  10. ^ Daoud, Kamel. "The Sexual Misery of the Arab World" (Archive). The New York Times. February 12, 2016. Print headline: "Sexual Misery and Islam." February 14, 2016. p. SR7, National Edition. Original French version: "La misère sexuelle du monde arabe" (Archive). Arabic version: "البؤس الجنسيّ في العالم العربيّ" (Archive).
  11. ^ Kamel Daoud: Chroniques: Selected Columns: 2010-2016: New York: Other Press: 2018: ISBN 9781590519578

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