Novels that ‘Predicted’ a Revolution

Al Jazeera recently interviewed Habib Selmi about his most recent novel, The Women’s Orchards. They ask the International Prize for Arabic Fiction-shortlisted author (for The Scents of Marie Claire, trans. Fadwa Qasem and published AUC Press) if his latest novel hadn’t predicted the revolution. Selmi said that he did not capital-P predict the Tunisian uprising and ouster of President Ben Ali, he was just a good observer of society: