International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)

An Excerpt from Badriah al-Bishr’s ‘Love Stories on al-Asha Street’

“For a long time, we treated the phone like a strange guest.”


Friday Finds: Work by the Six Authors Shortlisted for the 2017 International Prize for Arabic Fiction

“When my mother asked me to spend the summer in her brothers’ house in the south, I employed every sophistry of my sixteen years—an age when only a mother pays attention to your budding philosophy of life—to explain to her that life forces surge northward, that the south, from which she and my father came, was becoming obsolete, that Ibn Khaldun (who had inspired this claim) was a great man, that the money could be better spent on a vacation, and that her brothers were actually not that nice.”