Najwa Binshatwan

Libyan, Egyptian make International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2017 shortlist

Najwa Binshatwan
Najwa Binshatwan

Libya’s Najwa Binshatwan and Egyptian author Mohammed Abdel Nabi are on the shortlist for International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2017.

Mohammed Hasan Alwan, Najwa Binshatwan, Ismail Fahd Ismail, Elias Khoury, Mohammed Abdel Nabi and Saad Mohammed Rahim announced as the six authors shortlisted for the tenth International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) on 16 February 2017.

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is an annual literary prize founded in 2008 considered to represent the best in contemporary Arabic literature. It, supported by the Booker Prize Foundation in London and funded by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority. Each year, the winner of the prize receives US$50,000 and the six shortlisted authors receive US$10,000 each.

Previous winners of the prize include Bahaa Taher from Egypt (2008), Yusuf Zeydan, Egypt (2009), Abdo Khal from Saudi Arabia (2010), Mohammed Achaari from Morocco (co-winner) (2011) and Raja Alem from Saudi Arabia (co-winner) (2011), Rabee Jaber from Lebanon (2012), Saud Alsanousi from Kuwait (2013), Ahmed Saadawi from Iraq (2014), Shukri Mabkhout from Tunisia (2015) and Rabai al-Madhoun from Palestine (2016)

Mohammed Abdel Nabi
Mohammed Abdel Nabi

The finalists for this year’s prize are A Small Death from Saudi Arabian author Mohammed Hasan Alwan; The Slaves’ Pens from Libya’s Najwa Binshatwan; Al-Sabiliat from Kuwaiti author Ismail Fahd Ismail; Children of the Ghetto — My Name is Adam from Lebanon’s Elias Khoury; In the Spider’s Chamber from Egyptian author Mohammed Abdel Nabi; and The Bookseller’s Murder from Iraqi author Saad Mohammed Rahim. The novels were chosen from 186 entries from 19 countries. To be eligible for this year’s prize, novels had to be published between July 2015 and June 2016.

The winner will be announced in an award ceremony held in Abu Dhabi on April 25, the night before the launch of this year’s Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2017.

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