Bensalem Himmich is a Moroccan novelist and scriptwriter with a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Paris. His creative and academic works are in both Arabic and French and some of his novels have been translated into several languages. He has won many prizes, notably the Naguib Mahfouz Medal (Cairo, 2002) and the UNESCO Sharjah Prize (Paris, 2003). He is the present Minister of Culture in Morocco. His novel, The Man from Andalucia, was longlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2009 and his latest novel, My Tormentor, was longlisted for the 2011 prize.