“The Disappearance of Mr. Nobody” has won this year’s Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature, AUC Press announced a few hours ago.
Written by the Algerian author Ahmed Talibaoui, the 140-page novel revolves around the purpose of human existence and his unsolved conflicts in life.
Also, it sheds the light on the sense of confusion and anxiety the man experiencing after feeling brokenness and disappointment.
Themes of depression, illness, existentialism, neglect, and fading memory are all included in the literary piece.
It is worthy to mention that only six novels were shortlisted for the prize.
They were: Syrian Maha Hassan’s “The Neighborhood of Wonder,” Egyptian Amal Radwan’s “In the Dust Cities,” Yemeni Algarby Omran’s “The fort of Al-Zidi,” and Egyptian Mohamed Ali Ibrahim’s “The Stone in Khallaf’s House,” Egyptian Omar Taher’s “Kohl Wi Habahan“(Kohl and Cardamom), alongside the winner, “The Disappearance of Mr. Nobody.”