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country of citizenship: France
native language: French
language of expression: French, Algerian Arabic
occupation: writer, songwriter, LGBTIQ+ rights activist
award received: Prix Renaudot, Inter Book Prize, Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres
Yasmina "Nina" Bouraoui (Ar:نينا بو راوي, born 1967) is a French novelist and songwriter born in Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine to an Algerian father from the town of Jijel and a French mother. She spent the first fourteen years of her life in Algiers, then Zürich and Abu Dhabi. She now lives in Paris.
Her novels are mostly written in the first person and, with the exception of Avant les hommes, have been said by the author to be works of "auto-fiction". This is even the case for Le Bal des Murènes, which, like Avant les hommes, has a male narrator. Since writing her first novel in 1991, Bouraoui has affirmed the influence of Marguerite Duras in her work, although the life narratives and works many other artists are also to be found in her novels (and songs). This is particularly true of Mes Mauvaises Pensées which bears the imprint of Hervé Guibert, Annie Ernaux, David Lynch, Eileen Gray, and Violette Leduc amongst others. Questions of identity, desire, memory, writing, childhood and celebrity culture are some of the major themes of her work.
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