We are pleased to announce that About My Mother by award-winning Moroccan novelist, essayist and playwright, Tahar Ben Jelloun, has been awarded a PEN Promotes Award.
Ben Jelloun’s novel, described by English PEN as ‘an evocative tribute to his mother and his homeland of Morocco’, is one of four titles to receive the award. The other recipients are Alpha: Abidjan–Gare du Nord by Sandrine Bessora and Stephane Barroux, The Sorrows of Mexico by Lydia Cacho and The Winterlings by Cristina Sánchez-Andrade.
Originally published in French by Gallimard (2008), About My Mother is a delicate portrait of a woman and a world left behind, exploring themes of love, loss, family and illness, reliability of memory, and the subjugation of women in post-war Morocco. Written in tender and compelling prose, the novel has been translated by Ros Schwartz and Lulu Norman and will be published by Telegram in July 2016.
This is the final round of the PEN Promotes awards scheme in its current form, supported by Bloomberg. The PEN Promotes award has supported 95 books in ten years, including Three Sisters by Bi Feiyu, translated from Mandarin by Howard Goldblatt and Sylvia Li-Chun Lin, The Lady from Tel Aviv by Rabai al-Madhoun, translated from Arabic by Elliott Colla, and The Ministry of Pain by Dubravka Ugresic, translated from Croatian by Michael Heim. The grant will be redeveloped in consultation with publishers, venues and retailers.