The Scents of Marie-Claire

Habib Selmi

Following a well-established tradition in modern Arabic fiction, Tunisian author Habib Selmi’s novel, The Scents of Marie-Claire (Dar El-Adab, Beirut, 2008), explores the cultural encounter/clash between East and West. Selmi explores this theme through the relationship between an Arab man and a Western woman, each embodying the value system of their respective cultures.

Since being shortlisted for IPAF, The Scents of Marie-Claire has been translated into a number of different languages internationally, including English, through Arabia Books. To find out about more, visit the Translations section.


2009 Shortlist