He has written several plays and novels. His debut play The Barber in the Poor District was turned into a film by Mohamed Reggab. He has written nine novels, including Hashish (winner of the Grand Atlas Prize) and A Rare Blue Bird that Flies with Me (shortlisted for the Arabic Booker Prize). Jorge Aguadé studied the diglossic language used in his works "Des romans diglossiques: le cas de Youssef Fadel"(Cadiz University, Cadiz, Spain).
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