The winners announcement of the Grand Atlas Award is still a few days away. The award ceremony of this 25th edition is scheduled for Thursday, February 14. For the time being, the Embassy of France in Morocco, which launched the Prize alongside the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, has just announced the list of selected fictions.
Among the authors, some women like Yasmina Rheljari for “Le dîner de trop ” (The Fennec), Salima Louafa for ” Chairs d’argile” (Afrique Orient), or Francine Khan for “Loin de Fès dispersés” (Virgule). Concerning the translations, we find in the batch “Confiscation : des mots, des images et le temps”, by Marie-José Mondzain (Éditions Les liens qui libèrent) translated by Saïd Alhonsali or ” Sois belle, soit fort ” Nancy Huston (Éditions Parole – 2016) translated by Jalal El Hakmaoui.
To decide between nominees, a jury chaired by the philosopher Barbara Cassin. She will be surrounded by Moroccan and French personalities, namely Sanaa Ghouati, academic, Miriam Diouri, bookseller, Nezha Lakhal, storyteller, musician and author, Frédéric Lagrange, university professor and specialist in Arabic translation, Zakia Sinaceur, researcher and specialist in translation, and Abdesslam Benabdelali, philosopher and translator.
The Grand Atlas prize is an almost annual literary prize created in 1991 by the French Embassy in Morocco, which rewards in several categories – variables according to the years – books published in Morocco.
The award Ceremony, Thursday, February 14 will take place from 6pm at the Mohammed VI Museum Auditorium in Rabat.