Arabic Booker

IPAF 2014: Lady Writers, Experimentation, and the Possibility of ‘Pure’ Literary Criteria

7iber’s Siwar Masannat was present at the February 10 shortlist announcement for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. She writes about the possibilities and im-possibilities of “judging” novels and the relationship between identity and writing style.


International Prize for Arabic Fiction Shortlist Countdown: Reading ‘The Sad Night of Ali Baba’

ArabLit and 7iber continue coverage of this year’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) longlist – in English and Arabic — with Abdel Khaliq al-Rikabi and The Sad Night of Ali Baba, about which al-Rikabi said, “I don’t think I have ever encountered as many moral dilemmas in writing any of my previous novels as I did with this one.”