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."

International Prize for Arabic Fiction Shortlist Countdown: Reading ‘No Knives in the Kitchens of This City’

ArabLit and 7iber continue coverage of this year’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) longlist – in English and Arabic — with Khaled Khalifa and No Knives in the Kitchens of This City, a powerful novel that explores death, shame, and the lives of those who "refused to bow down despite the losses."

‘A Reminder of Why the Revolution Was So Necessary and Inevitable’

Asmaa Abdallah reviews Khaled Khalifa's International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)-longlisted No Knives in the Kitchens of this City. The book has already won the Naguib Mahfouz Medal, and Abdallah is not surprised that this "powerful, morbid, and paralyzing depiction of a devastated and deteriorating Aleppo" would be so lauded.