“I left the house at midday choking with frustration.”
The 2017 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) has gone to Mohammed Hasan Alwan, previously shortlisted for his novel “The Beaver,” for his “A Small Death.”
Binshatwan also said, “For my book I collected folkloric stories because formal history never mentioned slavery in Libya, actually marginalised it.”
“Al-Madhoun, whose 2010 novel The Lady of Tel Aviv was also shortlisted for the IPAF, builds on the themes and characters of that earlier novel with Destinies.”
The IPAF-winning book, which was launched in London at the end of April, is set to come out in the US in September.
“Just as the prize promotes a work, it can promote some negativity.”
“I didn’t plan to depict “positive” heroes, if we can put it that way, because the era of false heroism has gone.”
Hisham al-Khashin’s ‘Graphite,’ longlisted for the 2015 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, shows women struggling against social conventions in Egypt. But do they get anywhere?
This year’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction again passes over books by established authors and chooses an — on the whole — list of young and emerging novelists.
The International Prize for Arabic Fiction shortlist is set to be announced today in Casablanca as the city’s 21st annual international book fair opens.
It’s an impossible question, usually answered by shrugs, percentages or a suggestion that such a question shouldn’t be asked. After all, in the end, a literary prize is about books, not their authors.
The International Prize for Arabic Fiction shortlist will be announced at 10:50 a.m. GMT on Friday, February 13 (apparently, no triskaidekaphobes on staff). In anticipation, we look at Ashraf al-Khamaisi’s longlisted Sharp Turn: By Raphael Cormack Ashraf al-Khamaisi’s last book, God’s Lands of Exile,… Read More ›