Winner of the 1994 Prix Maghreb, Tahar Ben Jelloun was born in Fez, Morocco, and emigrated to France. A novelist, essayist, critic, and poet, he is a regular contributor to Le Monde, La Repubblica, El Pais, and Panorama. His novels include The Sacred Night, which received the Prix Goncourt in 1987, and Corruption (The New Press). Linda Coverdale's most recent translation for The New Press is Marie Darrieussecq's Undercurrents. She won the French American Foundation's Translation Prize in 1997.