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Mahi Binebine among the Renaudot Prize finalists

Mahi Binbine, a Moroccan painter and novelist./Ph. DR
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The jury of The Prix Théophraste-Renaudot known also as the Prix Renaudot, met on Tuesday 31 October at Hôtel de Massa under the presidency of Frédéric Beigbeder. They have revealed the third and final selection of the award, says Livres Hebdo website. Five novels out of the nine qualified in the second round will have to compete to win the prize, while three out of four essays have been selected.

Among the five novels, «Le Fou du Roi» by Mahi Binebine. «In his tenth book, Le Fou du roi,» the Marrakech native «returns with the same autobiographical nature of his first novel», said the same source. The novel reveals the story that involved Mahi’s father, brother and the king. He said earlier in an interview that the book was a way of giving his father a chance to speak.

Mahi Binebine was born in 1959 in Marrakech. In 2010, he received the Arab novel prize for «Les Étoiles de Sidi Moumen».

The jury eliminated «Les vacances» of Julie Wolkenstein (POL), who had made it to the last phase of the competition, as well as Philippe Jaenada’s work «Serpe».

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