The International Prize for Arabic Fiction has submitted a long list of 16 novels in contention for the 2022 prize, the winner of which will receive a cash prize of $50,000.
Organizers said five judges chose the shortlist from 122 entrants from nine countries. Includes Emirati author Reem Alkamali for her book Rose’s diary. This is the first time that Alkamali, whose first novel The Strait of Hormuz was published in 2013, has made it to the award’s long list.
Some of the authors on the 2022 list have been previously recognized by Ipaf, including the Egyptian novelist Ezzedine Choukri Fishere, shortlisted in 2009 by intensive care and shortlisted in 2012 for Hug on the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Eritrean writer Haji Jabir, shortlisted in 2019 by black foam.
This year’s entries cover a wide range of topics, from the struggle of artists to survive while facing war and state persecution, to the relationship between East and West, freedom, motherhood and gender roles.
Jordanian writer Jalal Barjas won the award last year for his work Bookseller’s Notebooks – about a downtrodden bookseller who embarks on a journey of self-discovery – announced at an online ceremony in May. In addition to receiving the monetary prize, Barjas also received funds to secure an English translation of her novel.
The IPAF is sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center at the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism.
This year’s five-judge panel is chaired by Tunisian novelist and previous IPAF winner Shukri Mabkhout, who won the award for his 2015 book The Italian. Joining him are Libyan physician, poet and translator Ashur Etwebi, Lebanese writer and Pen International board member Iman Humaydan, Kuwaiti poet and critic Saadiah Mufarreh, and Bulgarian scholar and translator Baian Rayhanova.
“The submissions for this year’s Prize were of a high quality, proving once again that the revival and development of the Arabic novel make it the best literary genre to express the concerns of the Arab peoples of today, in their different environments. locals,” Mabkhout said. .
All novels shortlisted for the 2022 long list were published in Arabic between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Of the 16, six books will be shortlisted with the titles revealed in March and the eventual winner named in May. . The six shortlisted authors will also receive $10,000 each.
The full shortlist for the 2022 International Prize for Arabic Fiction:
- Nizar Agri in search of chance (Syria)
- Boumediene Belkebir – The alley of the Italians (Algeria)
- Yaa’rab al-Eissa – The White Minaret (Syria)
- Belal Fadl mimi’s mother (Egypt)
- Ezzedine Choukri Fisherman – Farah’s story (Egypt)
- tarek imam – Cairo Model (Egypt)
- Haji Jabir Music Library The Abyssinian Rimbaud (Eritrean)
- Reem Alkamali- rose diary (UAE)
- Bushra Khalfan – dilshad (Oman)
- Mohsine Loukili- The prisoner of the Portuguese (Morocco)
- Khaled Nasrala – The white line of the night (Kuwait)
- Mohamed al-Nu’as – Bread on Uncle Milad’s table (Libya)
- Rouchdi Redouane – the hungarian (Algeria)
- Mona al-Shammari – The Shrine Maidens (Kuwait)
- Dima al-Shukr – Where is my name? (Syria)
- Mohamed Tawfik- The whisper of the scorpion (Egypt)
Updated: January 26, 2022, 12:25 pm