Longing for the Woman Next Door

Habib Selmi

On the face of it, they have nothing in common, apart from both being Tunisian and living in the same apartment building. He is in his sixties, educated and married to a Frenchwoman. She is several years younger and from a lower social stratum, and married to an eccentric man. At first, he is cautious and patronizing. But later, the rules of the game change. The novel explores a rich, turbulent and extraordinary relationship, which celebrates life in its simplest and most beautiful manifestations but is also tinged with darkness and tragedy.


Dar al-Adab


2021 Shortlist