2020 Int’l Prize for Arabic Fiction to Abdelouahab Aissaoui’s ‘The Spartan Court’

Judges today announced the winner of the 2020 International Prize for Arabic Fiction -- Abdelouahab Aissaoui's The Spartan Court, the first Algerian novel to win the prize -- in a ceremony that took place entirely online.

New Fiction: An Excerpt from Alia Mamdouh’s IPAF-longlisted ‘The Tank’

Much as in old photo albums, we the undersigned—the Ayoub A.L. family—gradually appear either standing together, or behind one another, or in front, or a little further off. We thought it better to let our mother Makiah sit on a chair, as she can’t stand for long, even if it’s for a photo. Beside her is Auntie Fatihiya, and then the younger auntie, Saneea. Our grandmother Bebe Fatim has no place among us; she stayed upstairs.

IPAF Longlistee Samir Kacimi, on the Evolution of the Algerian Novel

"So, to make up for lost time, I took out the doors and I painted them on the balcony. To make sure they would dry, I left them there and went to sleep, until I was awakened by my four-year-old son who was in a panic and was screaming that all the doors had disappeared. It is the horror I saw in his eyes and in the eyes of my wife that the idea of writing about a city with no doors grew in my mind."