The shortlist for the 2012 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) was announced this morning.
The shortlisted novels were by Egyptians Ezzedine Choukri Fishere (Embrace at the Brooklyn Bridge) and Nasser Iraq (The Unemployed); Lebanese Jabbour Douaihy (The Vagrant) and Rabee Jaber (The Druze of Belgrade); Algerian Bashir Mufti (Toy of Fire); and Tunisian Habib Selmi (The Women of al-Basatin). Three of the authors had been previously shortlisted for the prize—Douaihy, Jaber, and Selmi—and Choukri Fishere had been longlisted for his 2008 novel Intensive Care. A complete story should be up at the Egypt Independent shortly. In the meantime, my photographic outtakes: