Emna Rmili

Emna Rmili


آمنة الرميلي

Emna Rmili is a Tunisian writer and researcher, and a professor of literature and criticism at the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences in Sousse.

Her works include three collections of short stories and five novels, in addition to her academic research and other writings on political, intellectual and progressive issues. She has one poetry collection, I love you, oh you!, written in Tunisian Arabic.

She was twice awarded Tunisia’s Golden Comar Prize for the Arabic Novel – in 2003 for Jamr wa Ma’a (Embers… and Water), and in 2016 for her novel Toujane.

At the end of November 2020 her house, in the city of Sfax, was attacked by unidentified persons, who entered, seizing some items and burning them. The attack was attributed to takfiri (the practice of calling another Muslim an infidel) groups who objected to “the writer’s bold ideas and stances calling for freedom of expression, change and women’s liberation”. The attack drew condemnation and outrage among Tunisian and Arab intellectuals. Her novel Shatt al-Arwah (Beach of Souls) is excerpted and reviewed in Banipal 73.

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Country of birth: Tunisia
Country of residence: Tunisia
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Selected bibliography

  • شاطئ الأرواح, Beach of Souls*, Med Ali Publisher, Tunisia, 2020
  • توجان, Tujan, Dar Afaq Birsbiktif lil Nashr, Tunisia, 2016
  • الثور…ة شطيح ونطيح, Revolution… Jump and Fall*, Dar Afaq Birsbiktif lil Nashr, Tunisia, 2014
  • جمر . وماء, Amber and Water*, Dar Al Ithaf lil Nashr, Tunisia, 2002
  • سيدة العلب, The Containers’ Lady*, Manshurat Qisas, 2001

* Working title


La romancière tunisienne Emna Rmili à La Presse : «On ne peut être libre dans l’écriture quand on ne l’est pas à l’intérieur de soi-même…» (in French) by Tunisie Actu, April 2022

Death at the edge of the Beach of Souls in Banipal 73, Spring 2022

Prizes and awards

  • Tunisia’s Golden Comar Prize, 2016
  • Zoubeida B’chir Prize, 2014
  • First prize “club des nouvelles” for short stories 2006
  • Tunisia’s Golden Comar Prize, 2003

Book(s) featured on this site

Reviewed by Diqqa.net