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Paul Starkey wins 2015 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize

Paul StarkeyThe Book of the Sultan's SealYoussef Rakha

The 2015 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation is awarded to Paul Starkey for his translation of the novel The Book of the Sultan's Seal by Youssef Rakha, published by Interlink Books, USA. The judges called this debut novel "one of the most adventurous and innovative novels to have appeared in Arabic in recent years and its English version is a tour de force of translation".

Jonathan Wright is commended for his translation of Land of No Rain, by Amjad Nasser, published by Bloomsbury Qatar Publishing Foundation, the judges calling it "an inspired and inspiring account of that perennial theme of the modern Arab experience: exile and return".

• For the full announcement and details of the award ceremony on 17 February click here 
• For details of the Banipal Trust's celebration on 18 February with the winner and his author in conversation with Gaby Wood, literary director of the Booker Prize Foundation, click here


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Shortlist Announced for

International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2016 | #ArabicFiction2016

Logo of International Prize for Arabic FictionTareq Bakari, Rabai al-Madhoun, Mohamed Rabie, Mahmoud Shukair, Shahla Ujayli and George Yaraq have been announced as the six authors shortlisted for the 2016 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF). Their names were revealed by a judging panel chaired by Emirati poet and academic Amina Thiban at a press conference hosted by The Cultural Club in Muscat, Oman.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Abu Dhabi, on Tuesday 26 April 2016

To read the full shortlist announcement, click here or on the International Prize for Arabic Fiction website 


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ECHOES is the title of Banipal 54

Cllck on Banipal 54 cover and go to preview of digital editionBanipal 54 – ECHOES, completing 18 years of continuous publication, is a grand panoply of literature in which history, memory and real life reverberate against each other and sing to each other new songs – by authors from Palestine, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq and Libya. A feature on leading Iraqi playwright and director Jawad al-Assadi includes the first full English translation of his play Baghdadi Bathhouse, and the Guest Literature section from the Berlin Festival on “The Future of Cities” features Roddy Doyle, Rawi Hage, Perihan Magden and Boualem Sansal.

Image from Banipal 54 front coverFor all contents and links to contributors’ pages, go to current issue page

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László Krasznahorkai is the winner

The £60,000 award recognises one writer for his or her achievement in fiction.

For more information about the winner and the prize, click here or go to The Man Booker Prize website here


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