The winners of the Sheikh Zayed Book Awards 2019 were announced by the Department of Tourism and Culture - Abu Dhabi on March 18th.
Writer and former Minister of Culture of Morocco, Bensalem Himmich, received the Literature Award for his memoir »The Self Between Existence and Creation« (Culturel du Livre, 2018), in which he offers glimpses into the various stages of his writing process. The central question concerns how one can find an individual creative process in the context of different cultural influences and existential necessities.
The young philosopher Dr Abderrezak Belagrouz from Algeria won the Young Author Award for his most recent work »The Essence of Values and the Freedom of Social Concepts« (The Arabian Establishment for Thought and Innovation, 2017).
His philosophical study is concerned primarily with the philosophy of the mind. It attempts to liberate the mind from scientific mathematical calculations and to explore the wide-open spaces of spiritual, moral and emotional values.
Hussain Al Mutawaa, born in Kuwait in 1989, received the Children’s Literature Award for his most recent book »I Dream of Being a Concrete Mixer« (Al Hadaek Group, 2018). The book is a clever narrative that delves into questions of destruction and rebuilding through the story of Haddam, who hopes to become a cement mixer. Between wishes and reality, stories, paradoxes and transformations, this book is beautifully written, with many twists and turns.