Friday Guest: Abdellah Taia
Abdellah Taia is one of Morocco`s best known authors. He`s also gay. Quite a problem in a muslim country where homosexuality is a crime. Although he`s been living in Paris for the last 15 years, Abdellah Taia caused a sensation in his native country when he came out as gay in a magazine, and today he`s still one of just a few authors to be openly gay in the whole of North Africa. This year he pushed the boundaries further by releasing a film of one of his books, Salvation Army, giving the Arab world its first on screen gay protagonist.
Radio Sweden's Friday Guest is Abdellah Taia, one of Morocco's best-known authors, who's in town for the Stockholm International Poetry Festival. Here he talks about growing up as an effiminate boy in a country where homosexuality is outlawed, how he killed his real self to survive and how his debut film has fulfilled a lifelong ambition.