“The most open, daring, democratic and attentive magazine of modern Arabic literature” – Anton Shammas
winner of 2014 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize
for Arabic Literary Translation
for the translation of his own novel The Corpse Washer
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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
Diamonds and Women
Lina Huyan Elhassan
|Al-Markez al-Thaqafi al-Arabi|
The Longing of the Dervish
Sinan Antoon wins the 2014 Saif Ghobash
Banipal Arabic Literary Translation Prize
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
BANIPAL 51 – Celebrating Saadi Youssef
Banipal 51 celebrates the great Iraqi poet Saadi Youssef in his 80th year. In this feature, Banipal puts a spotlight on the life, works and huge influence on modern Arabic poetry of this renowned poet, presenting new poems in translation, essays and tributes in celebration of the extraordinary poetic achievements of Saadi Youssef (born 1934, Basra).
Banipal 51 continues the Guest Literature section with six very different fiction writers from the Netherlands. The issue also includes a chapter from the forthcoming novel in translation, The Book of the Sultan’s Seal of Egyptian author Youssef Rakha, and an excerpt from a novel by the Omani author Ghalya Al Said. Plus poems by that poetic wordsmith in French, the late Moroccan poet Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine, many book reviews and a photo report of Banipal's latest outreach events in Japan.
The front cover portrait of Saadi Youssef is
by Iraqi artist Mansour Mansour
Banipal 51 Guest Literature: IN THE DUTCH MOUNTAINS
Introducing the feature, Victor Schiferli, of the Dutch Foundation for Literature, writes: “For somebody who is interested in international fiction or novels in translation, The Netherlands could seem like a flat land – because few writers have made it to that elusive thing: the international award-winning bestseller. But there are in fact Dutch mountains, metaphorically speaking, and this special guest feature of Banipal is showcasing some outstanding new contemporary names in Dutch literature. . . . The six writers here share nothing except for the fact they are all writing in the same language.
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go to current issue page
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