Samir Kacimi is an Algerian novelist, born in Algiers in 1974. He graduated in law and currently works as a newspaper columnist. Among his novels are Declaration with Lostness (2009), the first Algerian novel to deal with prison in Algeria, which won the Hashemi Saidani Award for the best first Algerian novel. In the same year he published his second novel A Great Day to Die, the first Algerian novel to reach the longlist of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. His third novel Halabil was published in 2010 and chapters from his next work In Love with a Barren Woman (2011) were featured in English translation in Banipal magazine. His most recent novel is The Dreamer (2012).