“Throughout the novella, women struggle to connect with other women. “
“She felt ashamed, then disgusted, then hatred for her defiled body. She wished she could exact revenge on them all, herself included.”
‘The Desire To Go Beyond the Walls and See the World’: In Conversation with IPAF Winner Mohammad Hasan Alwan
“Yes, I am working on a new novel: it will also be a historical narrative, but with a more recent setting, in the 18th or 19th century.”
The 2017 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) has gone to Mohammed Hasan Alwan, previously shortlisted for his novel “The Beaver,” for his “A Small Death.”
“For a long time, we treated the phone like a strange guest.”
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. “