The Arabic Literature Prize, organized by the Institut du monde arabe and the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation, is awarded each year to the best literary novel written and published by a writer from the member countries of the Arab League.
This year, for the fifth edition, the jury was composed, among others, of literary and cultural figures such as Nada Al Hassan, specialist in cultural heritage, Moroccan writer and painter Mahi Binebine (winner of the Prix du Roman arabe 2010), or Jean-Pierre Elkabbach, journalist in Europe 1. They deliberated under the chairmanship of Pierre Leroy, co-manager of Lagardère SCA.
After deliberations, the award for Arabic Literature 2017 went to Iraqi writer Sinan Antoon and his work « Seul le grenadier », published in 2010 in Arabic and this year in French. A novel that was warmly welcomed by the critics on its release and which tells the life of a young man, under the regime of Saddam Hussein, who dreams to escape its destiny of washer of coprs to become sculptor. An ode to the dreams of adolescence and the desires of emancipation.
Mahi Binebine published yesterday, on its facebook page, all the results:
J'ai l'immense plaisir d'annoncer le résultat des délibérations du Prix du Roman Arabe 2017 :"Seul le grenadier" de…
« Mourir est un enchantement » by the Moroccan writer and historian Yasmine Chami was awarded the jury prize, with the Syrian writer Khaled Khalifa and his novel « Pas de couteaux dans les cuisines de cette ville ».
A prize-giving ceremony will be held at the Arab World Institute on October 18, in the presence of Jack Lang, President of the IMA. Sinan Antoon will be awarded his prize of € 10,000.