Hamza Ben Driss Ottmani

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Hamza Ben Driss Ottmani
Born10th of May 1940
Died30th of May 2012
EducationAerospace engineer
Alma materÉcole nationale de l'aviation civile
ENSAE ParisTech
Known forWriter

Hamza Ben Driss Ottmani (10 May 1940 – 30 May 2012) is a Moroccan economist and writer.

Biography[change | change source]

Hamza studied Aerospace engineer from École nationale de l'aviation civile (the French civil aviation university ; promotion 1963[1]) and economist graduate from ENSAE ParisTech (promotion 1973),[2] Hamza Ben Driss Ottmani holds boarder positions in the Moroccan public administration.

He is known as a writer. His work is focused on his hometown, Essaouira, which he often calls with its former name Mogador.

His first book, "Une cité sous les alizés" ("a city under the trade winds"), is an historical study of Mogador-Essaouira from prehistory to the World War II. Then he turned to fiction, but retaining a strong historical basis.

In "Si Mogador m'était contée" ("if Mogador could talk"),[3] the old narrator, Lalla Aïcha, revives twenty stories from the ignored past of the city.[4] "Le Soldat qui venait de Mogador" ("The soldier who came from Mogador") tells the story of the trip to Mecca of Si Taieb El Ech Chiadmi Maskali, since 1912. "Le Fils du Soleil" ("Son of the Sun") is an historical novel which tells the amazing story of Mustapha Zemmouri, better known under the name Estevanico, Moroccan from Azemmour region, slave kidnapped by a Spanish man to America and became one of the first discoverers of Arizona and New Mexico.

Bibliography[change | change source]

  • Hamza Ben Driss Ottmani, Une cité sous les alizés : Mogador des origines à 1939, Éditions La Porte, 1997, 356 p. (ISBN 978-9981889187)
  • Hamza Ben Driss Ottmani, Le Fils du soleil : l'Odyssée d'Estevanico de Azemor, Éditions La Porte, 2006, 316 p. (ISBN 9789981889538)
  • « Le Soldat qui venait de Mogador » (Ed. La Porte).
  • « Si Mogador était contée » (Ed. Eddif).
  • « Kaddour Benghabrit : Un Maghrébin hors du commun » (Ed. Marsam).

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