Atiq Rahimi

(Updated on 11/16/2012)

Born in Afghanistan in 1962, Atiq Rahimi fled to France in 1984 to escape the Soviet coup. He is now known as a writer and filmmaker of exceptional note. He has been heavily involved in Afghan cultural life since the offensive, particularly in the creation of a “Writers’ House” in Kabul. He now lives in Paris. His book, The Patience Stone, won France’s prestigious Goncourt Prize for 2008. Set in modern-day Afghanistan, The Patience Stone is an explosive, controversial and moving short novel with a shocking twist. It takes a compelling literary look behind the veil, daring to confront taboos of female oppression and sexuality. His latest book is Maudit soit Dostoïevski (POL, 2011).