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.
Early life and education
Daoud was born in Mostaganem, Algeria on June 17, 1970. The oldest of six children, he was raised in an Arabic-speaking Muslim family in Algeria. Daoud studied French literature at the University of Oran. 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.
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), as well as the prix François Mauriac and the Prix des cinq continents de la francophonie. It was also shortlisted for the Prix Renaudot.
In April 2015, an excerpt from Meursault, contre-enquête was featured in the New Yorker magazine. 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. The February 14, 2016, issue of the New York Times featured a controversial second op-ed piece by Daoud, "The Sexual Misery of the Arab World" in English (translated by John Cullen), French, and Arabic.
- Daoud, Kamel. Translated into English by Suzanne Ruta. "Kamel Daoud: Meursault" (Archive). Guernica. March 28, 2011. Retrieved on December 7, 2015.
- Steven R. Serafin, Kamel Daoud, Encyclopedia Britannica (March 11, 2016).
- "Kamel Daoud | Algerian writer". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
- "Stranger Still".
- "Le Goncourt du premier roman 2015". Academie Goncourt. May 5, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
- "Kamel Daoud: Meursault, contre-enquête [Meursault, Counter Investigation". The Modern Novel Blog. 2014-10-29. Retrieved 2016-02-14.
- Daoud, Kamel. Translated into English by John Cullen. "Musa" (Archive). New Yorker. April 6, 2015. Retrieved on December 7, 2015.
- 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).
- Hugh Schofield, Algerian novelist Kamel Daoud sparks Islamophobia row, BBC News (March 7, 2016).
- 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).
- Kamel Daoud: Chroniques: Selected Columns: 2010-2016: New York: Other Press: 2018: ISBN 9781590519578