Al-Koni was born in southern Libya and was brought up on the tradition of the Tuareg. He grew up there and did not learn to read or write Arabic until he was 12 years old. al-Koni studied comparative literature at the Maxim Gorky Literature Institute in Moscow and then worked as a journalist in Moscow and Warsaw.
His writings remain deeply rooted in the nomadic life and storytelling tradition of the Tuareg people, while including mythological elements, spiritual quest and existential questions. By 2007, al-Koni had published more than 80 books in Arabic and his books have been translated into 35 languages. He was the winner of the Mohamed Zefzaf Prize for the Arabic Novel in 2005 and the 2008 Sheikh Zayed Award for Literature 2008.
Seven Veils of Seth: A Modern Arabic Novel from Libya
The Bleeding of the Stone
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