"Assuming that words’ eyes have also been gouged, this dossier asks: How can literature assist us in reclaiming the capacity to imagine a less monstrous form of togetherness today?"
The winner of the 2020 prize, named for the renowned Eritrean writer, went to Sudanese short-story writer Mohammed Hassan Al-Nahat for "باحة بروكا" (“Broca’s Area”).
The ten fictional works that made the 2020 longlist are surprisingly diverse.
Tunisian writer and philosopher Kamel Zoghbani (1965-2020) died on Monday, September 14, after a sudden heart attack. He was 55.
This year's shortlisted stories -- selected blindly, as in past years -- were chosen by Hilal Chouman, Donia Kamal, and 2019 ArabLit Story Prize winning translator Sawad Hussain.
"And I’m still surprised by the highly specific classification of my identity / On my ID card, where they wrote: / Male, Muslim, single."
The first prize is £350, second prize is £200, third prize is £100, and other entries may receive commendations.
Following a month-long break, BULAQ co-hosts M Lynx Qualey and Ursula Lindsey put together a list of 10 books they plan to discuss this fall.
"We are in such a critical situation that we are inverting the role of theater: instead of having that art form as a tool to reflect on society, to convey social order, to incite rebellion or revolution, and most of all justice in times of crisis, what we are striving for at the moment is to gather the dismantled pieces of a very vivid theatrical scene in Lebanon. It is our particular role now to keep theater and theatermakers alive and dignified."
The six recipients were selected from among nearly 100 applications that came from across the region. Decisions were made with the assistance of a jury that included authors Ahmed Naje, Hussam Hilali, and Samar Yazbek, and playwright and researcher Meriam Bousselmi.
The complete 2020 schedule is now online. For this year's virtual event, there will be five types of events. These are: sessions, readings, workshops, special events, and -- for the first time this year -- caucuses.
Starting with the first post in February of this year, a team of volunteers from across the region started scanning and posting images to Instagram as a start at an archive tracing the shifts and movements in Arabic cover design.