Sheikh Zayed Book Award Announces 3-book Literature Shortlist

Among the shortlisted three books are Saudi novelist Amal al-Faran's acclaimed Diverse of the Empty Quarter and multi-award-winning Moroccan novelist (and former culture minister) Bensalem Himmich's memoir The Self: Between Existence and Creation.

Khalil Sweileh, Ahmad al-Qarmalawi, Hessa al-Muhairi Win 2018 Sheikh Zayed Book Awards

"The novel portrays an inward view of the Syrian Civil War tragedy; the author takes the reader on a trip around Damascus, trudging down the memory lanes and presenting the psychological conflicts amid the shattered reality of place and society – marking an important addition to the Syrian Literature, with a unique use of narrative tools and vocabulary construction."