How To See the Winner of Int’l Prize for Arabic Fiction Announced April 14, Online

Organizers have announced that the winner of the 2020 International Prize for Arabic Fiction is set to be announced online on Tuesday, April 14.

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."

‘Firewood of Sarajevo’: Testimonies against Amnesia and for an Alternative History

The novel was inspired, in part, by a 2018 workshop organized by me and Cherifa Kheddar, Director of the NGO Djazairouna, where we brought together survivors of the Algerian Civil war with writers, artists, psychologists, filmmakers and journalists. The objective was to translate first-hand testimonies into different media, including literature.