Author Samar Yazbek and translator Leri Price have been longlisted for the 2021 National Book Award in the "Translated Literature" category.
The 2021 ArabLit Story Prize will open to submissions on April 1, 2021.
Winners will be announced on November 20.
"I was honoured to work on this for many reasons, but I have to say that Raja’s process of not publishing the Arabic first really felt like a mark of faith in what translators can do, and recognition of the different value they can bring to a text."
"That was on November 29, 1979. Thanks to the clouds of gas that hovered in the air over the Holy City, the National Guard had successfully regained control of the rooftops and halls of the Grand Mosque, despite the heavy losses they had sustained earlier in the battle."