International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)

In the President’s Gardens, Refusing to Forget Iraqi History

“All the events described in this novel were either directly experienced by the author or related to him by others. He assures us they are all real.”


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.”