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Published on Oct 13, 2010
Najat el Hachmi gives this public lecture entitled 'Writing from the Borderland' at The Australian National University on 7 July 2010.
Najat El Hachmi was born in Morocco and is a Catalan writer. At the age of 8 she went with her family to live in Catalonia in Spain.
Her writings express concerns about and reflect the (at least) two cultures to which she belongs. Her first book, Jo també sóc catalana (I too am Catalan, 2004), was autobiographical, dealing with the issue of identity, and the growth of her sense of belonging to her new country. In 2008 she won the most prestigious award in Catalan letters, the Ramon Llull prize, for her novel L'últim patriarca(The Last Patriarch). It tells the story of a Moroccan immigrant family and the conflict between father and daughter in a new modern culture in which they find themselves.
El Ultim Patriarca is due to be published in English as The Last Patriarch by Serpent's Tail.
Najat El Hachmi's appearance is supported by the Cultural Cooperation Programme of the Government of Spain