New novels by former Nadwa Participants

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IPAF winner Mohammed Achaari to lead literary masterclass

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Habib Selmi

Habib Selmi

Habib Selmi was born in Al-’Ala, Tunisia, in 1951. He has published eight novels, four of which have been translated into French editions (with Actes Sud), and two into German. His novel The Scents of Marie-Claire was shortlisted for the 2009 IPAF, with an English translation published by Arabia Books in 2010. Other novels include Jabal al-’Anz (Goat Mountain), Ushaq Bayya (Bayya’s Lovers, excerpted in Banipal 18 along with an in-depth interview), Surat Badawi Mayyit (Picture of a Dead Bedouin, 1990), Matahat al-Raml (Sand Labyrinth, 1994), Hufar Dafi’a (Warm Pits, 1999) and Asrar ‘Abdallah (Abdallah’s Secrets, 2004). He has also written two short story collections, some of which have been translated into English, Norwegian, Hebrew and French in international anthologies. Selmi has lived in Paris since 1985.

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    The Scents of Marie-Claire 2009

Previous Years

You can find a complete history of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction here. Information on all the winners, shortlisted and longlisted...

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