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Yamen Manai

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Yamen Manai

Yamen Manai was born in 1980 in Tunis and currently lives in Paris. Both a writer and an engineer, Manai explores the intersections of past and present, and tradition and technology, in his prose. In The Ardent Swarm (originally published as L'Amas ardent), his first book to be translated into English, he celebrates Tunisia’s rich oral culture, a tradition abounding in wry, often fatalistic humor. He has published three novels with the Tunisia-based Elyzad Editions—a deliberate choice to ensure that his books are accessible to Tunisian readers: La marche de l’incertitude (2010), awarded Tunisia’s prestigious Prix Comar d’Or; La sérénade d’Ibrahim Santos (2011); and L’Amas ardent (2017), which earned both the Prix Comar d’Or and the Prix des Cinq Continents, a literary prize recognizing exceptional Francophone literature.

Articles by Yamen Manai

Guided by the Bees: Yamen Manai and Lara Vergnaud on Translating “The Ardent Swarm”
By Lara Vergnaud & Yamen Manai
As far as I can tell, The Ardent Swarm, out today with Amazon Crossing, is one of the first fictionalized accounts of a post-Arab Spring Tunisia to be published in English. In the novel, originally…
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