Young Saudi novelist and short-story writer Mohammed Hasan Alwan has won the Arab World Institute’s Prix de la Littérature Arabe for his novel “The Beaver,” translated to French by Stéphanie Dujols.
other literary prizes
Algerian novelist Boualem Sansal’s 2084 scored its fifth longlisting for a major literary prize yesterday when the novel found itself on the 15-book longlist for the French-language Prix Femina.
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“There are twenty-five translators and twenty-nine books in the running for the 2015 Banipal Prize for Arabic Literarary Translation.”
“The prose longlist features two titles translated from the French, two from Spanish, two from Chinese, and one each from German, Greek, Italian, Russian, and Arabic. “
“…the only national award for translated fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction that includes a rigorous examination of the source text and its relation to the finished English work.”
“…the new MBI seeks not just to reward individual authors but to encourage an ecology of translation…”
The shortlist is an eclectic bunch and includes a graphic novel, essay collection, two histories, two memoirs, and a novel.
The 2015 prize is set to be awarded on October 14, 2015 during a ceremony at the Arab World Institute.
El-Ghitani’s most celebrated work is Zayni Barakat, translated into English by Farouk Abdel Wahab.
The full ten-book longlist includes two books from North Africa and one from Lebanon.
If the money that was given away for the Katara Novel Award was “available to grant-making institutions in Egypt, the sum would be enough for 100 financially viable awards.”