David Dumortier was born in 1967. He studied Arabic at the National Institute of Oriental Language and Civilizations, and lived in the Middle East. He now lives in Paris, and has published many poetry collections and children’s books.
I live in a lower-class neighborhood of Paris, at the end of a small, dark street, one of the last refuges for some dealers. Once there, you have to come inside the building through a pretty large entryway, walk across the courtyard, then take the correct staircase, follow a corridor, make a right, and its at that door that hundreds of men have come knocking.