Among the authors on Jraissati’s fall list, only Dima Wannous doesn’t have a book in English translation.
I’m alone as usual
but the city is unusually alone.
I watch over its wilderness out of my window.
Nothing but the night and the curfew.
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/.