About the Author
Laurent Maréchaux was a student activist, which landed him in prison for a brief period. He then lived in Italy, and the U.S.A., where he embarked on a Jack London-esque life of forestry and the great outdoors. In the early 1980s he sojourned with the Mujahideens of Afghanistan. He founded Solidarité Afghanistan and worked for several magazines before launching a communications agency in Paris. In 2001, he cut ties and wandered the world. He is the author of three novels, and reports regularly from conflict zones, notably for the French magazine XXI.