International Prize for Arabic Fiction Shortlist Announcement Set for This Morning

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction shortlist is set to be announced today in Casablanca as the city’s 21st annual international book fair opens:

The press conference is set to begin in Casablanca at 10 a.m. GMT, with an announcement of the six-novel shortlist around 10:50 a.m.

The year’s judges will also be revealed at the same time.

This year’s longlist was selected from a record 180 entries and includes authors from ten different countries.

Title Author Country of origin Publisher
A Suspended Life Atef Abu Saif Palestine Al-Ahlia
Far from Clamour, Close to Silence Mohammed Berrada Morocco Le Fennec
Drowning in Lake Morez Antoine Douaihy (interview) Lebanon Dar al-Mourad
The American Neighbourhood (review) Jabbour Douaihy (interview) Lebanon Saqi Books
Floor 99 Jana Elhassan(interview) Lebanon Difaf Publications
Diamonds and Women Lina Huyan Elhassan Syria Dar al-Adab
Don’t Tell Your Nightmare! Abdel Wahab al-Hamadi Kuwait Al-Markez al-Thaqafi al-Arabi
Female Voices Maha Hassan Syria Dar Tanweer, Lebanon
Riyam and Kafa Hadia Hussein(interview) Iraq Arab Institute for Research and Publishing
Sharp Turn (review) Ashraf al-Khamaisi (interview) Egypt Al-Dar al-Masriya al-Lubnaniya
Graphite Hisham al-Khashin Egypt Maktabat al-Dar al-Arabiyya lil Kitab
The Italian Shukri al-Mabkhout Tunisia Dar Tanweer, Lebanon
Willow Alley Ahmed al-Madeeni Morocco Al-Markez al-Thaqafi al-Arabi
The Daughter of Suslov Habib Abdulrab Sarori Yemen Saqi Books
The Size of a Grape Muna al-Sheemi Egypt Al-Hadara
The Longing of the Dervish Hamour Ziada (interview) Sudan Dar al-Ain


The guest of honor at this year’s Casablanca book fair is Palestine.