This year, both of the top prizes were awarded jointly, and three of the four winners were women.
“This damn book is a masterpiece.”
“This is apparently the third time that the Academy has awarded its Grand Prize to a pair of novels.”
“The complexity of recent Tunisian history, and a minute sociological analysis can only be expressed in a novel. Only narration can make sense of the events.”
Last Saturday, the winners of the 19th annual Golden Comar Prize were announced at the Municipal Theatre of Tunis.
“I didn’t plan to depict “positive” heroes, if we can put it that way, because the era of false heroism has gone.”
Each year, the US State Department, which funds the University of Iowa’s “Between the Lines” program, determines which countries are invited to submit nominees. This year it’s Tunisia.
Tunisian poet and essayist Abdelwahab Meddeb died in Paris on November 5.
A few weeks before the passage of Tunisia’s historic consensus constitution — which happened last night by an overwhelming 200-12 vote — a number of writers and poets communicated their hopes for Tunisia in an open letter to the newly appointed prime minister. The online magazine Tunisia Live translated these hopes and added some from “street poet” Majd Mastoura.
Neila Columbo recently listened to and met with _Z_, the Tunisian political cartoonist who blogs at http://www.debatunisie.com/.
Today and tomorrow, “Cartooning for Peace” will bring together cartoonists from across Tunisia as the country continues to probe its red lines and limits to freedom of expression. This is against the backdrop of the Tunis International Book Fair, which will run through Nov. 3. Chiara Comito wrote about the fair — and the situation of publishing in Tunisia — on her blog, Editoriaraba.
Rapper Weld El 15 has popular, driven, to-the-point style — “Police, magistrates, I’m here to tell you one thing, you dogs / I’ll kill a policeman instead of a sheep / Give me a gun I’ll shoot them.” — That lyric, from his song, “Bolicia Keleb,” has made him the target of arrests, most recently last Thursday.