International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2020 shortlist announcement date
The shortlist for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2020 will be announced at a press conference in Marrakesh between 11-11.30am (10-10.30am GMT / 2-2.30pm GST) on Tuesday 4 February 2020.
Comprising six novels, it will be chosen by the 2020 judging panel from the longlist of 16 novels all published in Arabic between July 2018 and June 2019. The judging panel is chaired by Muhsin al-Musawi and includes Pierre Abi Saab, Reem Magued, Amin Zaoui and Viktoria Zarytovskaya.
The full 2020 longlist, listed in alphabetical order by author surname, is as follows:
|Author||Title||Country of origin||Publisher|
|Rasha Adly||The Last Days of the Pasha||Egypt||Arab Scientific Publishers|
|Abdelouahab Aissaoui||The Spartan Court||Algeria||Dar Mim|
|Magbool Al-Alawi||Seferberlik||Saudi Arabia||Dar Al Saqi|
|Khalil Alrez||The Russian Quarter||Syria||Difaf Publishing|
|Hassan Aourid||Al-Mutanabbi’s Rabat||Morocco||Al-Markez al-Thaqafi al-Arabi|
|Salim Barakat||What About Rachel, the Jewish Lady?||Syria||Arabic Institute for Research and Publishing|
|Jabbour Douaihy||The King of India||Lebanon||Dar Al Saqi|
|Mohammed Eissa al-Mu’adab||The Golden Hamam||Tunisia||Mesaa|
|Aisha Ibrahim||The War of the Gazelle||Libya||Tripoli Scientific Bookshop|
|Azhar Jerjis||Sleeping in the Cherry Field||Iraq||Dar al-Rafidain|
|Samir Kacimi||The Stairs of Trolar||Algeria||Editions Barzakh|
|Khaled Khalifa||No-one Prayed Over Their Graves||Syria||Hachette Antoine/Naufal|
|Said Khatibi||Firewood of Sarajevo||Algeria||Al-Ikhtilef|
|Alia Mamdouh||The Tank||Iraq||Al-Mutawassit|
|Bachir Mefti||The Mingling of the Seasons||Algeria||Al-Ikhtilef|
|Youssef Ziedan||Fardeqan – the Detention of the Great Sheikh||Egypt||Dar al-Shorouk|
The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) is the most prestigious and important literary prize in the Arab world. The annual prize is given to a novel in Arabic which the judges consider to be the best of that year. Its aim is to reward excellence in contemporary Arabic creative writing and to encourage the readership of high quality Arabic literature internationally through the translation and publication of winning and shortlisted novels in other languages.
The 2019 winner was Hoda Barakat’s The Night Mail.
The Prize is sponsored by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT) and run with the support, as its mentor, of the Booker Prize Foundation in London.
If you are based in Marrakesh and would like to attend the shortlist press conference,
or wish to arrange an interview with a spokesperson, please contact
Chloe Davies and Laura Steele at Four Culture:
[email protected] / +44 (0) 20 3763 4449
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