Winner of 2021 ArabLit Story Prize Goes to ‘Fresh, Disquieting Translation’ of ‘Compelling and Haunting Tale’

Judge Leri Price said: "Absurd, grotesque, and unsettling, [this story] stays with you, ready at any moment to make solid ground feel that little more unstable beneath your feet."

2021 ArabLit Story Prize: Shortlisted Translator Katherine Van de Vate on Great Storytelling

"“The Baffling Case of the Man Called Ahmet Yilmaz” was actually written at my request. Karima is primarily a novelist, though she published an award-winning collection of short stories at the age of only 18. I asked Karima if she had any short stories I could translate, and she wrote this one in response to my question. It was based on an event she heard about while she was working as a journalist in Istanbul."