"The story suggests that the innocent dead were sacrificed for the vanity of those in power and those who seek it."
After a good deal of debate, the judges of the 2019 ArabLit Story Prize settled on a four-story shortlist, with works by Mahmoud Hosny, Najwa Bin Shatwan, Mohamed Al-Ashry, and Samar Nour.
Dozens of soldiers will love me now They will shove me onto a bed of blank bullets
Saudi Novelist Omaima Al-Khamis' Voyage of the Cranes in the Cities of Agate was winner of the 2018 Naguib Mahfouz Medal and also longlisted for the 2019 International Prize for Arabic Fiction: The novel is forthcoming in translation from Hoopoe Fiction; this excerpt appears with their permission. By Omaima al-Khamis Translated by Nesrine Amin and Sawad Hussain … Continue reading Special Excerpt: ‘Voyage of the Cranes in the Cities of Agate’
"In the furnace of conflict at the heart of the 1987 Intifada, notions of freedom, love, respectability, nationhood, the rights of women and Palestinian identity...will be melted and re-forged."