The Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation and the Arab World Institute have announced the seven finalists for the 2018 Prix de la Littérature Arabe:
The Prix de la Littérature Arabe, launched in 2013, is awarded every year to the best Arab work written in French or translated into the language. This year’s list:
1. Nos Richesses, de Kaouther Adimi (Seuil)
2. L’Ombre du soleil, de Taleb Alrefai, tr. Moncef Khemiri (Actes Sud) ;
Of the books, Women of Karantina is in English translation by Robin Moger, and Omar Robert Hamilton’s The City Always Wins was originally written in English.
Winning authors receive a 10,000 euro prize.
The jury is set to meet this fall, led by judging chair Pierre Leroy, with a winner announced at the end of October.
Previous editions of the award have gone to Jabbour Douaihy (2013), Mohamed al-Fakharany (2014), Mohammed Hasan Alwan (2015), Inaam Kachachi (2016), and Sinan Antoon (2017) for his novel The Pomegranate Alone, which was translated into English as The Corpse Washer.