Born in Essaouira, Morocco, Ami Bouganim moved as a child with his family to Casablanca. There, he grew up on a street named after two Moroccan Jewish victims of the Nazis, Félix and Max Guedj, before relocating to Israel as a teenager.
His first book, from Paris’s Les éditions Jean-Claude Lattès, was 1981’s acclaimed “Tales from the Mellah,” stories which recount the end of the Jewish community in the Mellah, or Moroccan Jewish ghetto, of Mogador.
Bouganim has since produced a 2007 essay on Walter Benjamin from Les Éditions Albin Michel; a 2009 literary guide, “Tel-Aviv: City Without Respite,” from Les éditions Autrement; and for Les éditions du Nadir, under the auspices of the Alliance israélite universelle, some short guides to Hermann Cohen, Leo Strauss, Aharon David Gordon, and other Jewish thinkers. Now Bouganim returns to the Mellah, this time of Fès, with a story collection from Les Éditions Albin Michel, “Asher the Soothsayer: and other tales from Fès.”