Arabic Booker

Inaam Kachachi on ‘Tashari’ and the Iraq She Carries With Her

Max Marin interviewed Iraqi novelist Inaam Kachachi — whose novel “American Granddaughter” was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) in 2009 — about her IPAF-longlisted novel, “Tashari,” the reason she writes, and injecting adrenaline into literary writing.


International Prize for Arabic Fiction Shortlist Countdown: Reading ‘Clouds Over Alexandria’

ArabLit and 7iber are jointly covering this year’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) – in English and Arabic — beginning with reviews of the novels and interviews with longlisted novelists. We continue with Ibrahim Abdelmeguid’s ‘Alexandria in a Cloud,’ a book that Abdelmeguids says follows the time when “President Sadat formed a coalition with the backward Islamist movement, and bigoted Wahhabi and Salafi thought infiltrated the city.”

Ashraf al-Khamaisi on Writing Bedouin Lives, Thinking Globally

Raphael Cormack sat down with Egyptian novelist and short-story writer Ashraf al-Khamaisi, to talk about writing, life, and his International Prize for Arabic Fiction-longlisted “God’s Land of Exile.” The interview in its entirety is on SoundCloud. Here, Cormack has extracted and summarized a few moments about writing, death, and translation.

Amir Tag Elsir: On How the Internet Has Changed His Writing and the Inspiration of ‘Majnoon Leyla’

Amir Tag Elsir (@amirelsir), longlisted for the 2014 International Prize for Arabic Fiction for his novel 366, was previously shortlisted for his novel The Grub Hunter (in 2011), which was translated into English by William Hutchins. Elsir was born in Sudan in 1960 and currently works as a physician in Doha, Qatar. He talked to ArabLit’s M. Lynx Qualey about his writing process, the novel 366, and the literary scene in Sudan.

A New Generation of Arab Writers: Mohammed Hassan Alwan and Jana Elhassan

This June, the Shubbak Festival in London brought together authors Jana Elhassan and Mohamed Hassan Alwan in conversation with BBC broadcaster, writer, and arts critic Bidisha. Attending the event were representatives of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, Banipal magazine, as well as literary translators, bloggers, critics and readers. ArabLit contributor Amira Abd El-Khalek was there.