was born and raised in Morocco and studied English in Rabat, London and California. She is editor of the literary weblog www.moorishgirl.com, which was reviewed in USA Today and de Washington Post. In addition, articles by her have been published in among others the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Nation, The Baltimore Review and The Independent. Hoop en andere gevaarlijke verlangens (Hope and Other Dangerous Desires) is Laila Lalami's fiction debut and was published in October 2005 with Algonquin Books. She lives in Portland, Oregon (US) with her husband and child.(Sirene 2006)
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From Tanger to Europe go the harragas. They risk their lives in rickety boats, expecting the fulfilment of their dangerous desires at the other side of the Strait of Gibraltar. Moroccan immigrants, driven by misfortune to the most desperate acts, are the main characters in the novel Hope and Other Dangerous Desires by Laila Lalami. Writer Abdelkader Benali talked with this Moroccan writer from the United States. Lalami is well-known too for her blog, and for a sharp critique of Ayaan Hirsi Ali that appeared in The Nation magazine. English spoken.