“I have a license to take a historical character and add to it, but I think this is not fair.”
This is the first year siblings have been on the International Prize for Arabic Fiction longlist together.
Jabbour Douaihy on the IPAF: “As with all growth, there are some too-hasty writings, but there’s also a great, diverse, and exciting expression of Arab reality, and as time passes the wheat will be separated from the chaff.”
Antoine Douaihy on writing: “A single lifetime isn’t enough for this kind of calling. Really, you would need several.”
Hammour Ziada on the IPAF: “Eritrean literature misses out, also Somali and Mauritanian, and these are Arab countries with authors who write in Arabic. For example, there is the Eritrean Hajji Gaber. I’m awaiting such a diversity.”
The Italian Book Club interviewed novelist Raja Alem at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, where Alem received the 2014 LiBeraturpreis for her novel The Dove’s Necklace.
Nine emerging writers — from Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Morocco, the KSA, Oman, and the UAE — are currently taking part in the annual International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) nadwa, or masterclass, led by Egyptian novelist Bahaa Taher.
Al-Mustafa Najjar continues with his interviews of authors shortlisted for the 2014 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, discussing Inaam Kachachi’s novel Tashari with its author.
Al-Mustafa Najjar, who reviewed Ahmed Saadawi’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)-shortlisted “Frankenstein in Baghdad,” also interviewed the author, who talks about his novel, including about how, “The element of fantasy adds a touch of joy to the work, mitigating its cruelty.”
Youssef Fadel’s “A Rare Blue Bird That Flies with Me” is on the six-strong shortlist for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Cristina Dozio reviews it, and finds time runs, in this evocative novel, runs in many different sorts of ways.
Yasir Suleiman, chairman of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)’s board of trustees, spoke in Jordan as part of the recent shortlist events. 7iber’s Sara Obeidat was there.
When the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) shortlist was announced on February 10 in Amman, Jordan, the identities of the five judges were just as much a part of the surprise as the identities of the six novels. Here, we look at the IPAF judges, who — with the exception of Mehmet Hakkı Suçin, hospitalized at the time of the announcement — were interviewed by 7iber staff.