The season of the 2012 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF, or, if you must, “Arabic Booker”) has begun.
International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)
New & Forthcoming: Fiction from IPAF Shortlister Bensalem Himmich, Acclaimed Fadhil al-Azzawi and Mahmoud Saeed
International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) shortlister Bensalem Himmich and 2011 IPAF judging chair Fadhil al-Azzawi both have new works of fiction coming soon in English.
Hanan al-Shaykh: I feel like saying to publishers, ‘Go and look properly for someone to advise you, and be serious about it – rather than being sloppy about it because it‘s foreign.’
Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing has announced that they will publish two International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) winners in 2012.
The International Prize for Arabic Fiction – or, as it’s popularly known, the “Arabic Booker” – has attracted a wealth of controversy in its first four years. A number of prominent authors have refused to let their books be nominated for the prize, which has been accused of, among other things, being too closely allied with governmental powers, discriminating against women and rewarding novels that cater to western interests.
Organizers have announced the winners of the 2011 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF, or “Arabic Booker”).
This year judges have hedged their bets, as it’s not one novel, but two: The Arch and the Butterfly, by Moroccan author Mohammed Achaari, and The Doves’ Necklace, by Saudi author Raja Alem.
Again this year, excerpts from the six novels shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF, or “Arabic Booker) were published and sent to subscribers of The National (in English) and al-Ittihad (in Arabic).
Taleb Alrefai was previously a judging chair for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. According to the 2016 longlist release: Taleb Alrefai is a Kuwaiti novelist, born in 1958. He is the author of a number of works including The… Read More ›
From the International Prize for Arabic Fiction official biography and book description: Jabbour Douaihy was born in Zgharta, northern Lebanon, in 1949. He holds a PhD degree in Comparative Literature from the Sorbonne and works as Professor of French Literature… Read More ›