The Golden Comar Prize 2015: A Report by Ali Znaidi

The Golden Comar Prize 2015: A Report by Ali Znaidi

The Golden Comar Prize was created in 1997 by the insurance company Assurances Comar (Tunisie) to support literary creation, and encourage Tunisian writers, especially novelists.

The 19th edition of the Golden Comar Prize was held on April 25, 2015 at the Municipal Theatre of Tunis.

The Arabic version of the prize was awarded to Chokri Mabkhout (or Shukri al-Mabkhout) for his novel (Ettalyani) The Italian.
The French version of the prize was awarded to Anouar Attia for his novel (Les Trois Grâces) The Three Graces.

The other prizes went as follows:
*Arabic language prizes:
-The Jury Special Prize was awarded to Jamel Jlassi for his novel (Bey El Orbane) Bey El Orbane.
-Discovery Prize was awarded to Nabil Gueddiche for his novel (Zahratou Oubbad Echams) The Sunflower.
*French language prizes:
-The Jury Special Prize was not awarded this year.
-Discovery Prize was awarded to Sami Mokaddem for his novel (Dix-Neuf) Nineteen.

Around 29 novels in Arabic and 11 novels in French were shortlisted to compete for the afore-mentioned prizes.

As far as the judging panel of this 19th edition is concerned, the Arabic section is presided by Hayett Saieb (a journalist) and the French section is presided by Meriem Belkhadhi (a university teacher and literary critic).

Chokri Mabkhout receiving his award from Minister of Culture Latifa Lakhdar. Photo credit http://www.kapitalis.com.

Chokri Mabkhout receiving his award from Minister of Culture Latifa Lakhdar. Photo credit http://www.kapitalis.com.

 

Extracts from the awarding ceremony taken from the website of http://hounatounes.tn.

§ Congratulations to all the winners! §

About aliznaidi

Ali Znaidi lives in Redeyef, Tunisia. He graduated with a BA in Anglo-American Studies in 2002. He teaches English at Tunisian public secondary schools. He writes poetry and has an interest in literature, languages, and literary translations. His work has appeared here and there and is scheduled to appear elsewhere . At moments of revelation, he smokes and drinks green tea with mint while pondering.
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One Response to The Golden Comar Prize 2015: A Report by Ali Znaidi

  1. Pingback: Tunisia’s 2015 Golden Comar Prizes to Shukri al-Mabkhout, Anouar Attia | Arabic Literature (in English)

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