Twenty-two Arab writers share their favorite reads of 2017.
2017 International Prize for Arabic Fiction Longlist Showcases Region’s ‘Struggles and Defeats,’ ‘Hopes and Dreams’
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.