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.
Six titles are shortlisted for the 2021 International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Its recognized novels have been translated into some 30 languages.
Novels from Yemen, Tunisia, Morocco, Iraq, Sudan, Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait are on this year’s longlist.
Set during the French colonial rule over Algeria in the early 19th century, The Spartan Court by Abdelouahab Aissaoui wins the 2020 International Prize for Arabic Fiction.