When people talk about the art of oriental tales, usually remember Scheherazade and her tales. But modern writers maintain and continue the historic tradition. In their stories, folk customs and experiences of fathers came together with the language and themes of modernity. The conflict between tradition and modernity cares most Tunisian authors Abukasem El Chebbi, one of the most famous Tunisian poet, born in Tozeur, died at age 25. Desert landscapes homeland unto him the inspiration to create highly expressive lyrical poetry. Fadil Chebbi, the great-niece of the poet, has received more recognition abroad than in his own country. In Tunisia, usually so liberal, she was subjected to harsh criticism for his stories with some touch of eroticism.
Due to unfavorable working conditions and still tight in 1970. censorship has left his country a very talented writer Hassouna Mosbach. In his works he painted full of hardship his childhood spent in the steppe near Kairouan, the monotony is broken only by the appearance of nomadic or itinerant storytellers. In the best traditions of the eastern Mosbach stories reveal to the reader the harsh reality of the archaic world, which relentlessly modern.
In contrast to the literature of Arab culture in the world can hardly talk about the traditions in painting. However, in Tunisia, and especially in the village of Sidi Bou Said, a rapidly developing exhibitions. Tunisia's most famous galleries are found in Sidi Bou is colloquially referred to as a place whose famous cafe "Nutt» (Cafe de Nattes) Auguste Macke immortalized in his watercolor "View of the mosque."
To well-known contemporary artists Tunisia rank as first Ammar Farhat, known as primitive Fawzi Hishri; Munir Letaef wrote on religious themes.
Contemporary music is heavily influenced by Egyptian and Lebanese. Traditional Tunisian music is performed mostly at regional festivals. In Sidi Bou Said newly organized center of Arabic music, which aims to revive the life of the Syrian-Andalusian musical style (Maalouf).