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Najet Adouani


© Najet Adouani


Birthplace: El Hamma
Country of birth: Tunisia

Language: Arabic
Working language: Arabic and English


The poet and author Najet Adouani is from south Tunisia. She studied journalism and is a member of the Tunisian Writers Association since 1982.
Until now, six poetry collections in Arabic were published, as well as a collection of short stories.
Najet Adouani has been invited to many Arabic and international readings and poetry festivals. In 2010, she won the Feminine Poetry Prize of her own country. Her poems were translated into French, English, Spanish, Malayalam and German.
Over 15 manuscripts, poetry and prose, are yet to be published.
Her poetry collection »Meerwüste«, which was published in 2015 by the Berlin Lotos publishing company, was nominated for a prize for literature one year later.
Najet Adouani sees herself as an unswerving fighter for human rights, and “by writing she spreads her wings to draw a dream into her readers’ eyes“. From 2013 until 2016, she was a guest of the Writers-in-Exile-Program of the PEN Center Germany.


2010                  Feminine Poetry Prize Tunisia
2016                  Nomination „Meerwüste“ for the LiBeraturprize
2013 – 2016      Guest of Writers-in-Exile-Program of German PEN Centre


Publications in german

Publications in original language

Wer hat meinen Schatten gestohlen

Noukoush Arabia – Tunis, 2010 volume of poetry

Spiegelungen eines Körpers

Noukoush Arabia – Tunis, 1997 short stories

Wurzeln für meinen Himmel

Dar Elawda – Beirut, 1986 volume of poetry

In jeder Wunde eine Lilie

Self Published – Tunis, 1982 volume of poetry

Schwarzer Frohsinn

Dar Samed – Sfax, 2006 volume of poetry

Gurren einer Seele aus Stahl

Noukoush Arabia – Tunis, 1994 volume of poetry

Mit grünen Flügeln fliege ich

Dar Elawda – Beirut, 1984 volume of poetry