By Nada Afa
Rabat – The Moroccan journalist and novelist Réda Dalil is one of the seven nominees whose works are being considered for fourth edition of the Arab Literature Prize.
Organized annually by the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation and the Institute of the Arab World, the Arab Literature Prize recognizes a writer from one of the 22 Arab League countries. The writer must be the author of a novel, short stories or poems written in French or translated from Arabic to French.
This year, the jury is chaired by Pierre Leroy, Co-Managing Partner of Lagardère, which is the world’s third largest publisher of consumer books.
Réda Dalil, the former publication director of the weekly Le Temps and current editor of Economie et Enterprises, is the only Moroccan nominated for the prize this year.
Réda published his debut novel Le Job in 2014, which tells the story of a struggling unemployed Moroccan. His novel received the Mamounia Prize, as well as the Belgian Gros Sel Public Prize.
In 2015, the novelist also participated in a collective work, Authors 100%, which is a collection of short stories. The profit of Authors 100% was donated to the Childhood Maghreb Association (EMA), which works to improve education and the right to education.
His second book, Bestseller, was selected by the reading committee to be nominated for the Arab Literature Prize and will be submitted for the jury’s deliberations on Septemver 5. Published by Editions Fennec in February, this novel restores faith in the new generation of Moroccan writers and confirms Dalil’s incredible talent as a novelist.
Bestseller will compete with the following works for the prize: Des pierres dans ma poche by Kaouther Adimi; Le tambour des larmes by Beyrouk; Dispersés by Inaam Kachachi; Villa des femmes by Charif Majdalan; A Coeur ouvert by Abdi Wazen; and Le corps de ma mere by Fawzia Zouari.