7 Finalists for the 2019 Prix de la Littérature Arabe

The seven finalists for the Prix de la Littérature Arabe — a Francophone award that celebrates books written by Arabs in French or translated from Arabic to French — was announced today:

The finalists include two novels translated from Arabic:

Winning authors receive a 10,000 euro prize.

As in the past, the jury is set to meet this fall, led by judging chair Pierre Leroy. The prize will be presented at the Institut Arabe on November 6, 2019.

Since its creation in 2013, Prix de la Littérature Arabe has 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. Last year’s prize went to Omar Robert Hamilton (2018) for his novel The City Always Wins, translated by Sarah Gurcel as La Ville gagne toujours.