Habib Selmi Situated in Paris since 1985, Habib Selmi is viewed as one of the finest of present day Tunisian storytellers. Conceived in 1951 into a home without any books, Selmi experienced childhood in a culture of oral narrating affected by the One Thousand and One Nights. He’s currently the creator of eight books and short story accumulations,
with his works having been converted into English, Norwegian, Hebrew and French. His books The Scents of Marie-Claire and The Women of Al-Basatin were designated for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. The last novel, distributed in 2010, has been said to have predicted the Revolution in Tunisia, which took after the following year, in its depiction of Tunisian culture through the eyes of a college speaker returning home from Paris.