ABDELKADER BENALI (NETHERLANDS) was born in Ighazzazzen, North-Morocco in 1975. He left Morocco for the Netherlands in 1979 and lived in Rotterdam, Leiden, Rome. He is now currently living in Amsterdam and dividing his time between writing, travelling and sleeping. He is the author of novels, plays, poetry and essays. He is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines on themes like, Who killed Theo van Gogh?, Why do Palestinian movies not betray misery, the non-art of war reporting, Lacan and the lack of a stepbrother, Dutch soccer, Rembrants oval images and the idea of the good in the Satanic Verses of Salman Rushdie. Benali wrote extensively on running too; he is a runner of marathons and his personal best is 2 hours 52 minutes, Rotterdam Marathon.