International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) shortlister Bensalem Himmich and 2011 IPAF judging chair Fadhil al-Azzawi both have new works of fiction coming soon in English.
This year, journalists (and the public) had a chance to question several of the IPAF judges---including chair Fadhil al-Azzawi---at an afternoon press conference in Doha.
Two young Egyptians, a prominent Saudi, a Sudanese writer living in Qatar (where he works as a physician) and both the current Moroccan Minister of Culture and a former holder of the post are on this year's International Prize for Arabic Fiction shortlist.
Himmich's inclusion is indeed exciting. While not always penetrable---he is, after all, as much philosopher as fiction-writer---his work is innovative and rewarding. At his best, as in the Naguib Mahfouz Medal-winning The Polymath, he is very, very good.
As predicted, this year's International Prize for Arabic Fiction ("Arabic Booker") longlist has more women than in previous years. This year's longlist is nearly 50-50, with 7 women and 9 men.
The Swedish Academy has chosen the winner of the 2010 Nobel literature prize, according to the Associated Press. However, they won't announce their decision until October 7. Peter Englund, secretary of the academy, declined to give the AP reporter any hints about the academy's choice. He did acknowledge a trend of awarding European writers, and … Continue reading Who Wins the Arab Nobel, 2010?
This is where you’ll find 1-10 (and an explanation of this project), and here’s 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70, and 71-80. Please do help me out with errors and omissions. 80 There Is a Man in our House, by the Egyptian novelist Ihsan Abdul Quddus. According to David Waldner, on answers.com: Abd al-Quddus wrote … Continue reading Best 100 Arabic Books (According to the Arab Writers Union): 81-90