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International Prize for Arabic Fiction Announces Shortlist

International Prize for Arabic Fiction Announces Shortlist

Wednesday, 6 February, 2019 - 07:30
The six authors shortlisted for the 12th International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)
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Six authors have been shortlisted by a judging panel for the 12th International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF).

The authors are Hoda Barakat (The Night Mail), Adel Esmat (The Commandments), Inaam Kachachi (The Outcast), Mohammed Al-Maazuz (What Sin Caused her to Die?), Shahla Ujayli (Summer with the Enemy) and Kafa Al-Zou’bi (Cold White Sun).

“The six novels chosen are very different in their subject matter, styles and aesthetic choices. They can be described as novels about family, memory, disappointment, exile and migration and they reflect varied local environments, coming as they do from different Arabic countries,” Chair of the 2019 judging panel Charafdin Majdolin said in a press conference held at the Palestinian National Theatre – El-Hakawati in Jerusalem.

“These novels convey deep, mature and powerful visions of the current Arab reality, while also employing brilliant narrative forms that will resonate with readers and professional critics alike,” he added.

Yasir Suleiman, Chair of the Board of Trustees, also said: “Readers will enjoy the linguistic virtuosity and technical accomplishments displayed in the shortlisted works, as well as exquisite narration that carries the reader effortlessly through to the end.”

“The fact that four out of the six shortlisted authors are women is a first in the history of the prize. On this occasion, Jerusalem, a city steeped in Arab literary culture, provides a fitting scene for announcing the shortlist. Thank you to all our partners who made it possible.”

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is an annual literary prize for prose fiction in Arabic. It is sponsored by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and is run with the support, as its mentor, of the Booker Prize Foundation in London.

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