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The current issue . . . 

Banipal 52 – New Fiction

. . . presenting a range of new works, all translated from Arabic, whose authors hail from Egypt, Yemen, Oman, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Sudan and include excerpts from the 2015 shortlist of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. The book reviews include novels ranging from The Book of Khalid, by Ameen Rihani, first published in 1911, to Saud Alsanousi’s The Bamboo Stalk and Youssef Rakha’s The Crocodiles. The feature on “Prison Writing”, started in Banipal 50, continues with two new and powerful testimonies, and will remain open indefinitely for more contributions.

For all contents and links to contributors’ pages, 
go to current issue page

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Longlist for
FT / OppenheimerFunds EmergingVoices Awards 

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 Three Arab authors make the Longlist for the FICTION award – Elias Khoury, Kamel Daoud and Nael Eltoukhy

Elias Khoury, Lebanon, for Broken Mirrors: Sinalcol – Maclehose Press. Translated from the Arabic by Humphrey Davies.

Kamel Daoud, Algeria, for The Meursault Investigation – Oneworld Publications. Translated from the French by John Cullen.

Nael Eltoukhy, Egypt, for Women of Karantina – The American University in Cairo Press. Translated from the Arabic by Robin Moger.

For the full Longlist for Fiction, Art and Film, click here.
For the FT/OppenheimerFunds EmergingVoices Awards website and press release, click here.


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The Italian by Shukri Mabkhout wins 2015 International Prize for Arabic Fiction

The Italian, published by Dar Tanweer Tunis, was named winner by this year’s Chair of Judges, award-winning Palestinian poet and writer Mourid Barghouti, at a ceremony in Abu Dhabi.

For all details , read the press release here

Click here to visit the International Prize for Arabic Fiction website


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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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Sinan Antoon wins the 2014 Saif Ghobash

Banipal Arabic Literary Translation Prize

Sinan Antoon    Front Cover of The Corpse Washer

The 2014 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation is awarded to Sinan Antoon, for his translation of his own novel The Corpse Washer, published by Yale University Press.

Paula Haydar is highly commended for her translation of June Rain, by Jabbour Douaihy, published by Bloomsbury Qatar Publishing Foundation.

For the full announcement and all details, click here 

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authors of IPAF shortlist

Shortlist announced for the 2015 International Prize for Arabic Fiction

Today (13 January) the six novels shortlisted for the 2015 International Prize for Arabic Fiction have been announced at the Casablanca International Book Fair. In alphabetical order, the six novels are as follows:



Country of origin


A Suspended Life

Atef Abu Saif



Floor 99

Jana Elhassan


Difaf Publications

Diamonds and Women 

Lina Huyan Elhassan


Dar al-Adab

The Italian

Shukri al-Mabkhout


Dar Tanweer

Willow Alley

Ahmed al-Madeeni


Al-Markez al-Thaqafi al-Arabi

The Longing of the Dervish

Hammour Ziada


Dar al-Ain

For the full announcement and for information about the Prize and shortlisted novels and authors, click here or visit

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