The Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) today announced the longlist for its 2020 literature category:
Thirteen new books — published in 2018 and 2019 — by mostly prominent and popular authors from across the region have been named on the 2020 SZBA longlist in the literature category.
Muhsin al-Ramli’s أبناء وأحذية (Children and Shoes)
Amir Tag Elsir’s تاكيكارديا (Tachycardia)
Khairi Al Dhahabi’s المكتبة السرية والجنرال (The Secret Library and The General)
Hassan Hamid’s الكراكي (al-Karaki)
Maha Hassan’s حي الدهشة (The Neighborhood of Astonishment)
Mansoura Ez Eldin’s مأوى الغياب (The Refuge of Absence)
Mamdouh Azzam’s أرواح صخرات العسل (Souls of Honey Rocks)
The poetry collections:
Moncef Ouhaibi’s بالكأس ما قبل الأخيرة (The Cup Before the Last)
Youssef Razuka’s الذئب وما أخفى (The Wolf and What It Hid) and رشائية: الغزالة والزلزال (Rasha’yat: The Gazelle and the Earthquake)
The thirteen-book longlist — made up of eleven novels and two poetry collections — was chosen from among 438 nominated titles. Last year, Bensalem Himmich’s memoir The Self: Between Existence and Creation won the literature category.
The shortlist will be announced in March 2020.