Alaoui’s novel was announced among the shortlist for the Goncourt 2018 prize. After less than a month of deliberation, the jury chaired by Bernard Pivot announced Tuesday, October 2, the eight novelists out of fifteen to remain in competition scheduled on November 7:
Pauline Delabroy-Allard, Ca raconte Sarah (Editions de Minuit),
David Diop, Frère d’âme (Seuil)
Paul Greveillac, Maîtres et esclaves (Gallimard)
Nicolas Mathieu, Leurs enfants après eux (Actes Sud)
Tobie Nathan, L’évangile selon Youri (Stock)
Daniel Picouly, Quatre-vingt-dix secondes (Albin Michel)
Thomas B. Reverdy, L’Hiver du mécontentement (Flammarion)
“La verite sort de la bouche du cheval,” Alaoui’s first novel, tells the story of Jmiaa, a prostitute in Casablanca who lives alone with her daughter. Her life changes when she meets Chadlia, nicknamed Bouche-de-Cheval, who wants to make her first film about life in a Casablanca neighborhood and is looking for actresses.
The Goncourt Prize is given in November each year by the Goncourt Academy to the author with “the best and most imaginative prose work of the year.” The winners of the prize tend to experience an immense increase in book sales.
The Moroccan author may not have made the cut for the Goncourt but she is certainly still shortlisted for the 2018 Prix de Flore.