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The International Prize for Arabic Fiction has announced the novels nominated for the long list in its 2022 session, with a prize of $50,000.
The long list of the award, which is sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Center for the Arabic Language, affiliated with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, and is supported by the Booker Prize Foundation in London, includes writers from 9 countries, ranging in age from 30 to 65. The novels address various issues and emphasize the diversity of Arab societies. Social, ethnic and religious. The long-listed novels for the prize are: “The Search for Azar” by Nizar Agri, the Syrian novel “Makeit Cairo” by the Egyptian Tarek Imam, “The Italian Street” by the Algerian Boumediene Belkabir, “Whisper of the Scorpion” by the Egyptian Mohamed Tawfiq, and “Rambo Al-Habashi” by the Eritrean Hajji. Jaber, “Dilshad” by Omani Bushra Khalfan, “Hungary” by Algerian Rushdi Radwan, “Where is my name” by Syrian Dima Al-Shakr, “Maids of the Maqam” by Kuwaiti Mona Al-Shamri, “White Minaret” by Syrian Ya’rub Al-Issa, and “The Story of Farah” The Egyptian Ezz Al-Din Shukri, “Umm Mimi” by the Egyptian Bilal Fadl, “Rose Diaries” by the Emirati Reem Al Kamali, “The White Line of the Night” by Kuwaiti Khaled Nasrallah, “Bread at the Table of Uncle Milad” by Libyan Muhammad Al-Naas, and “Prisoner of the Portuguese” » by Mohsen Al Wukili, a Moroccan.
The long list was chosen by a jury consisting of 5 members, headed by the Tunisian critic, novelist and academic Shukri Al-Mabkhout, who won the award in 2015, for his novel “The Italian”, and the membership of Iman Humaidan, a Lebanese writer and member of the board of directors of the International PEN Club, and a statement Rihanova, Professor of Arabic Literature at Sofia University, Bulgaria, Ashour Al-Tawibi, physician, poet, and translator from Libya, and Saadia Mufreh, poet and critic from Kuwait.
Shukri al-Mabkhout, head of the jury, said: “The novels nominated by Arab publishing houses for this session were distinguished by the abundance of good works, a quality that confirms, once again, the recovery and development of the Arabic novel.”
For his part, Yasser Suleiman, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, said: “The topics of the long-listed novels for this session vary, expressing the immersion of the contemporary Arab novel in its environment from a critical point of view.”
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