‘The Water Diviner’ wins the US$50,000 International Prize for Arabic Fiction purse, plus translation, for the Omani novelist Zahran Alqasmi.
The shortlist for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction comprises work from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Oman, and Saudi Arabia.
Nine markets are represented by the 16 longlisted books selected by the 2023 jury of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
Mohammed Alnaas, from Libya, has become the youngest writer to win the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
The shortlist places a book from the United Arab Emirates into contention, a first at the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
The 16 longlisted novels in the International Prize for Arabic Fiction this year include work from nine nations.
The professional program at the Riyadh fair hears from IPA’s president on challenges and potentials for Arab literature and publishing.
The fair’s programming featured 229 sessions during the week, engaging 315 speakers and guests, their comments streamed from the show.
The author, an aeronautical engineer, was longlisted in 2019 for ‘Women of the Five Senses.’ He wins for ‘Notebooks of the Bookseller.’
Questions of fidelity to a text were among topics discussed by Marilyn Booth, Michael Cooperson, and Hamed Al Ghaithi.