"She told herself to get up, make her way to the emergency alarm, and pull its red tongue. She would hear the screeching of the wheels as they scraped against the railroad tracks, spewing sparks."
The announcement was made by 2019 judging chair Charafdin Majdolin at the Tuesday night event in Abu Dhabi, although it had been leaked by former IPAF judge Abdo Wazen hours before.
The winner of the 2019 International Prize for Arabic Fiction is set to be announced today, at a ceremony in Abu Dhabi that will start streaming live online at 8:10 p.m. GST / 5:10 p.m. BST.
"As for Syria, I enjoy the books of Nihad Sirees, Faisal Khartash, Khalil Sweileh, Khaled Khalifa, and Maha Hassan."
This is the first year an IPAF shortlist -- usually dominated by men -- has a majority of titles by women.
How was I to deal with this strange neighbor who, it seemed, was going to take my most precious possession: my solitude?
My darling mother, I write to you from the airport before they can take me, before I go through the security barrier.
The photos were a part of the text, and I did not describe them. They give artistic touches so that the reader can feel their ache and circumstances. It is enough to tell you that this novel could not have been published if I had not found a good picture of Hassan Fouad’s “We Defend the Constitution” poster. The discovery of this old, forgotten poster deserves a whole novel.
"In fiction, the Algerian Jewish woman and man still await the main role."
"I learned to read and write late. I grew up in Saudi Arabia—which is where we migrated because of the war in Eritrea—without official papers, so I couldn’t find a school to accept me, despite all the efforts of my mother, who went around to the schools in Jeddah to no avail."
She was among the first woman broadcasters in the early days of Lebanese TV and presented the “Women of Today” program.
This year, half the writers were from GCC countries (Emirates, Oman, Kuwait), and half from the rest of the region (Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Morocco).