Twenty-two Arab writers share their favorite reads of 2017.
The International Prize for Arabic Fiction announced its 2017 longlist this morning. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that women make up a majority of the judging panel, which is chaired by internationally acclaimed novelist Sahar Khalifeh.
"Following the progress of a young mother through revolution and tragedy personal and political this enormous, digressive, shaggy-canine, surreal novel has some of the signature humour and shambolic expansiveness of Nael’s Women of Karantina, but carries devastating emotional power and focus, the mock-seriousness fringed with melancholy and madness."
A look at a few of the Arabic books forthcoming in English translation in 2017.