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Mohamed Nedali was born in Tahannaout, near Marrakech, in 1962 into a family of poor farmers. Educated in Marrakech and at Nancy 2 University, France, since 1985 he has been a high school teacher of French in his home town. The author of six novels, his debut, Morceaux de choix : les amours d'un apprenti boucher, excerpted in Banipal 48 – Narrating Marrakech, won the 2005 Grand Atlas Prize, and in 2009 the International Prize of the Novel of Diversity at the Festival of Cartagena in Spain. In 2012 his latest novel Triste Jeunesse (Fennec, 2012) won the third Mamounia Literary Prize.