Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine

Mohammed Khair-Eddine (Arabic: محمد خيرالدين‎) (1941 – November 18, 1995) was among the most famous Moroccan Berber[1] literary figures of the 20th century.


Born in 1941 in the south Moroccan Berber town of Tafraout, as a young writer he joined the circle of writers known as the Amitiés littéraires et artistiques in Casablanca. In 1964 Khair-Eddir founded the "Poésie Toute" movement. In 1965 he was exiled to France where he spent years working in factories. In 1967 he started publishing again, writing for "Lettres nouvelles" and "Présence africaine". Mohammed Khair-Eddine returned to Morocco in 1979. Khair-Eddine died in Rabat November 18, 1995, the Independence Day of Morocco.[2]

Selected works

  • Agadir (1967): The author is very much taken by the "séisme" of 1960, he moves to Agadir in 1961 and stays there until 1963.
  • Résurrection des fleurs sauvages (Éditions Stouky, Rabat, 1981).
  • Légende et vie d' Agoun'chich (Le Seuil, 1984).

Éditions du Seuil

For the most part his works have been published by Éditions du Seuil:

  • Corps négatif
  • Histoire d'un Bon Dieu
  • Soleil arachnide
  • Moi l'aigre
  • Le Déterreur
  • Ce Maroc!
  • Une odeur de manthèque
  • Une vie, un rêve, un peuple
  • Toujours errants
  • Légende et vie d'Agoun'chich
  • Résurrection des fleurs sauvages

External links


  1. ^ Mourad Kusserow, "Mohammed Khair-Eddine: An Intimate Look at Berber Culture", Qantara.de, August 10, 2004.
  2. ^ Salim Jay, Dictionnaire des écrivains marocains, Eddif, 2005, pp. 217–221.

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