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Prix du roman arabe

The Prix du roman arabe of the "Council of Arab Ambassadors" is a French literary award established in 2008.

Its aim is to "reward a work of high literary value as well as consolidate the intercultural dialogue between the Arab world and France by putting forward Arabic literature translated or written directly in French."[1] Placed under the aegis of the Council of Arab Ambassadors in France in partnership with the Institut du monde arabe, it is endowed with a sum of 15000 euros.

In June 2012, Boualem Sansal received this award for his book Rue Darwin against the opposition of the Arab ambassadors who finance it due to Sansal's visit to Israel to speak at the Jerusalem Writers Festival.[2][3][4] This disavowal resulted in the resignation of the jury member Olivier Poivre d'Arvor [fr][1]


The award was launched with the following members of the jury:[5]



  1. ^ a b "Pourquoi je démissionne du prix du roman arabe". 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  2. ^ Fiske, Gavriel (2012-06-30). "Award-winning Algerian author denied cash prize for visiting Israel". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 2013-05-29.
  3. ^ "Comment Boualem Sansal a fini par recevoir le prix du Roman arabe". Le Nouvel Observateur. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Boualem Sansal privé du Prix du roman arabe". Le Monde. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Prix du Roman Arabe du Conseil des Ambassadeurs Arabes en France". Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2017.

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