Mahi Binebine was shortlisted alongside Sylvain Coher with his novel “Vaincre à Rome”, and Yasmine Khlat with “Egypte 51”. The Moroccan writer and artist-painter won the 2020 Mediterranean Prize for his latest work “Rue du pardon”.
Published last year by Stock editions, the novel is an ode to feminism through the portrait of Hayat, an unloved child from a poor district of Marrakech, who discovers the path to freedom through the dance and song of the Chikhats, these women often victims of prejudice because of their liberated lifestyle.
As for the “foreign” Mediterranean prize, it went to the Italian writer Giosuè Calaciura for his novel “Borgo Vecchio”. In the list of this prestigious prize founded in 1985 by the Mediterranean Center for Literature and sponsored in particular by the city of Perpignan, we find illustrious names like Jules Roy, winner in 1989 for his “Barbarian Memories” (Albin Michel), Tahar Ben Jelloun in 1994 with “L’homme rompu” (Le Seuil), Hector Bianchotti in 1996 for his work “Ce que la nuit raconte au jour “(Grasset), Edmonde Charles-Roux in 2001 for” L’homme de Marseille”(Grasset), Jean-Paul Mari in 2002 for ” Il faut abattre la lune” (Nil Editions).
The award will be officially handed over to Mahi Binebine on October 3 during a ceremony in Perpignan.