According to organizers, the award exists “to honour the courage of writers committed to freedom of expression despite facing countless challenges and risks.”
Thus far, each issue has centered on a theme “that is an element of Saudi culture”: Arabic coffee (summer 2015), ismik (winter 2016), and awlad (fall 2016).
“None of us knows what it means to live next door to God’s holiest sanctuary, what it requires of us. Are we supposed to celebrate life? Or to fight against it?”
“Let us be loud enough that he hears us.”
“We have of course, raised Fayadh’s case with this Council before, as we have been raising, like many, the cases of Raif Badawi, Waleed Abulkhair, Ali al-Nimr and others.”
In 2011, The Dove’s Necklace was co-winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
“The higher court reversed the previous death-sentence ruling and replaced it with eight years, eight hundred lashes, and public repentance. “
“शून्यमा एक स्थान
“Siyah petrol kürleri
Ve sağaltıyor kusarak kurtulamadığın şeyi.”
“Sevmek bir kuş değil sevgilinin elindeki
Ağaçtaki on kuşa bedel.”
“Black pellets of oil—
circulate throughout your cells”
“Since when does the wind honor traffic laws?
Did the wind ever stop at your red light?”