The winner of the 2018 prize is set to be announced May 22 in London. Each year, the winning team’s £50,000 prize is divided equally between author and translator(s).
Raheem also wrote political and literary theory, but he believed in the role of the novel as a tool of cultural enlightenment; this was the subject of his final tweet.
“From above, it isn’t possible to see inside the houses, to recognize the lives of the inhabitants, their struggles over the little things and the big things, their movements getting slower and slower all the time. From above, the burnt fields and bewildered animals look more like an abstraction.”
“I’m as surprised as you are! There’s more interest in Vietnamese matters in the States now, so perhaps in a generation or so, Americans might be more willing to look at Iraq away from the blunders of the past.”
“There were many stories circulating in our town about Hasson, his parents, and how they ended up in the far South, but none were ever confirmed. Some said his dad met his mom in a Baha’i temple in Iran and then came to our town seeking refuge and a peaceful life, keeping their faith a secret. Others said his mom was an Armenian from the North who fell in love with Hasson’s father.”
Each of the 13 winning translators will receive $2,800 help them finish their project.
In the end, I particularly recommend this novel to those who love the historical-novel genre.
The book “tackles Saddam’s growing posthumous popularity among thousands of young Arabs and Iraqis.”
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“The narrow pass, surrounded by three mountains, gradually opened wider, revealing all that it had, like the generosity of its people, but sometimes it also closed in on itself, like the Yazidi religion.”
But as soon as he mentioned what he’d done, they confronted him with their frightening eyes and silencing voices: “God is not a person, and does not resemble people.”
“Good bye, then. You can’t understand my argument. I’m tired of what I have seen and heard from men.”