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Hassouna Mosbahi was born in 1950 in Kairouan, Tunisia, and is a writer, literary critic and freelance journalist in German newspapers. He lived in Munich for twenty years from 1985 and in 2000 won the Munich Fiction Prize for the German translation of his novel [Tarshish Hallucination].
He has published, in Arabic and German, four volumes of short stories, a novel, a travel book and some non-fiction. His short story, "The Tortoise", was short-listed for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2001.
A Tunisian Tale (AUC Press, 2011) is his first novel in English translation. He won the 2016 Mohamed Zefzef Prize for FIction, awarded by the Assilah Forum, Morocco.