Kamel Al Riahi’s “The gorilla”

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“The gorilla” is a novel that looks into the impact of the Ben Ali era on the Tunisian society. The revolution is literally at the heart of this novel, but it’s not its main topic, as much as it is the story of this young black man, nicknamed ‘Gorilla’. ‘Gorilla’ may be the igniter of the revolution, when he decides one day to climb up the Tower Clock, symbol of Ben Ali’s dominance, but the novel focuses on this character’s despair, and through him, that of a whole segment of the Tunisian society, the poor, the marginal, and the powerless. Gorilla’s climbing of the tower is the story’s opening, and the incident that shapes the novel, a narrative interrupted by the introduction of new characters, and held together by a man hanging from a Tower Clock.

A propos kamelriahi

KAMEL RIAHI Kamel riahi: tunisian novelist and journalist , born in 1974. He works as a cultural correspondent for prominent universal broadcasting including; newspapers, televisions and news agencies. He worked as the head of translation department at Arab Higher Institute for Translation in Algeria .In 2010, he returned to Tunisia where he joined the ministry of culture and took charge of the cultural panel in important spaces in the Tunisian’s capital. In 2007, got the “Golden Alcomar” prize to the best novel named “the scalpel” in Tunisia.In 2009 he was the only winner in “the Beirut 39” literary contest organized by high festival foundation to choose only 39 best arab novelists .One of the best five writers under the age of forty selected to participate in “the Bouker’s competition for two rounds. He issued a set of literary and monetary books such as; “Gulls memory” , “Stole my face” , “the scalpel” , “the gorilla” , “the movement of narrative fiction and it’s climate” and “thus spoke Philippe lejeune” and “the novel writing of wasiney al aaradj”.Some of his works have been translated into French,English,Italian,Hebrew and Portuguese languages.
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