The Women of al-Basatin

Habib Selmi

The Women of al-Basatin

The Women of Al-Basatin is an intimate portrayal of the daily lives of a modest family living in the Al-Basatin district of Tunis in Tunisia. Through the stories of this small matriarchal environment, we observe the contradictions of the wider Tunisian society, exposing a world in flux between burdensome religious traditions and a troubled modernity.


For a detailed critique of the novel by journalist Anwar Hamed, click here.


2012 Shortlist