The Golden Comar Prize 2016: 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 20th edition of the Golden Comar Prize was held on April 30, 2016 at the Municipal Theatre of Tunis.
The Arabic version of the prize was awarded jointly to Emna Rmili for her novel (Toujane)* Toujane and Nabiha Aïssa for her novel (Maraya Al-Ghieb) Mirrors of Absence.
The French version of the prize was awarded jointly to Fawzi Melah for his novel (Ya Khil Salem) Oh, Salem’s Horses! and Fawzia Zouari for her novel (Le Corps de ma Mère) My Mother’s Body.
The other prizes went as follows:
*Arabic language prizes:
-The Jury Special Prize was awarded jointly to Mouldi Dhaou for his novel (Siratou Al-Maatouh) The Idiot’s Biography and Chedia Guesmi (or Kasmi) (Al-Massab) The Dumping Ground.
-Discovery Prize was awarded to Hanene Jenane for her novel (Catharsis) Catharsis.
*French language prizes:
-The Jury Special Prize was awarded to Mohamed Harmel for his novel (Les rêves perdus de Leyla) Leyla’s Aborted Dreams.
-Discovery Prize was awarded to Wafa Ghorbel for her novel (Le Jasmin Noir) The Black Jasmine.
Extracts from the awarding ceremony plus Emna Rmili and Nabiha Aïssa speaking about their winning novels. Video credit Masr Alarabia
Around 42 novels in Arabic and 20 novels in French were shortlisted to compete for the afore-mentioned prizes.
As far as the judging panel of this 20th edition is concerned, the Arabic section includes Adel khedhr, Hayet Seyab, Olfa Youssef, Om Zine Ben Chikha, and Chokri Mabkhout and the French section includes Mohamed Mahjoub, Anouar Attia, Ahlem Ghayeza, Emna Louzir, and Samir Marzouki.
- Congratulations to all the winners! §
*Toujane: A village in the south of Tunisia