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Two Moroccans shortlisted for Arab Literature Prize

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Madi Belem and Youssef Fadel are the two authors shortlisted for the 2020 Arab Literature Prize which will be announced on November 03, with their respective novels “La langue maudite” and “N’appelle pas, il n’y a personne”, the Institute of the Arab World (IMA) stated.

“The selection of this 8th edition honors the great diversity of Arab literature, through the novels of Moroccan, Syrian, Lebanese, Palestinian and Sudanese writers”, underlines the same source.

In addition to the two novels by the Moroccan authors, five others are shortlisted for this edition. These are “Mauvaises herbes de Dima Abdallah (Lebanon),” Les Jango” by Abdelaziz Baraka Sakin (Sudan), translated from Arabic by Xavier Luffin,”L’invité des Médicis” by Carole Dagher (Lebanon), “Une baignoire dans le désert” by Jadd Hilal (Palestine), and “Le dernier Syrien” by Omar Youssef Souleimane (Syria).

It should be noted that among the members of the jury, we have the Moroccan painter and writer Mahi Binebine, a former winner of the Arab Novel prize in 2010.