Mohammed Abdelnabi was announced the winner of the Prix de la Littérature Arabe 2019 for his novel La Chambre de l’araignée, which is translated from Arabic to French by Gilles Gauthier on November 6, 2019
The Prix de la Littérature Arabe, created in 2013 by the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation and the Institut Du Monde Arabe, is awarded to a writer, a national of a member country of the Arab League and author of a published book – novel, collection of short stories or poems – written in French or translated from Arabic into French.
It is the only French award distinguishing Arab literary creation with the winner endowed 10,000 euros. Previous winners have been Jabbour Douaihy (2013), Mohammed al-Fakharany (2014), Mohammed Hasan Alwan (2015), Inaam Kachachi (2016), Sinan Antoon (2017), and Omar Robert Hamilton (2018).
The finalists for the award were announced on September 3 with four African writers in the running for the big prize. The jury chaired by Pierre Leroy, co-manager of Lagardère SCA, unanimously elected the text of Mohammed Abdelnabi as the winner of the 2019 Arab Literature Prize. The members of the jury praised ” a bold writer with an assertive and punchy style which plunges the reader into the heart of the taboos of Egyptian and Arab society. A novel that is an ode to tolerance and humanism. ”
You can read more about the prize winner from our friends at Arablit.org here.