Biography Atiq Rahimi
Atiq Rahimi was born in 1962 in Kabul. Following the Soviet invasion, Rahimi fled Afghanistan, taking refuge in Pakistan for a year and then relocating to France after receiving political asylum.
On completion of his studies at the Sorbonne, Rahimi joined a Paris-based production company where he produced seven documentaries for French television, as well as several commercials.
Taking time off in the late 1990s, Rahimi embarked on his first writing project. His 2000 Dari/Persian book, Earth and Ashes, was an instant bestseller in Europe and South America. A movie based on this book, directed by Rahimi, was awarded the Prix du Regard vers l'Avenir at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. The film was featured in over 50 festivals worldwide, winning a total of 25 awards.
In November 2008, Rahimi won France's most prestigious literary prize, the 105-year-old Prix Goncourt, for his second book Syngue Sabour. Described as "sober and alive", it was translated into English as The Patience Stone.
Returning to his native Afghanistan in 2002, Rahimi became involved with the nation’s largest media concern, Moby Group,as a senior creative advisor. He now divides his time between Kabul and Paris, still working closely with the Moby Group in developing programs and genres for its media outlets, as well as helping develop and train a new generation of Afghan filmmakers and directors.
2011: „The Patience Stone“
2004: „Terre et Cendres“ (among others „Regard vers l’Avenier“ Award in Cannes 2004)
2009: „The Patience Stone“ („Syngue Sabour“) – Ullstein, Berlin
2005: „Le Retour imaginaire“ – P.O.L., Paris
2003: „Der Krieg und die Liebe“ – Claassen, München
2001: „Terre et cendres“ – Claassen, München