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Announcing joint winners of the 2013
Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation
– Jonathan Wright and William M Hutchins
Jonathan Wright William M Hutchins
The prize is shared between:
Jonathan Wright for his translation of Azazeel by Youssef Ziedan, published by Atlantic Books.
William Maynard Hutchins for his translation of A Land Without Jasmine by Wajdi al-Ahdal, published by Garnet Publishing.
the first time the judges selected two outright winning
translators instead of the usual winner and runner-up. Two enticing and
finely translated novels, each in their very different way, captured the
judges' attention and passion, leading to the decision to share the
prize this year. The judging panel comprised renowned translator, twice winner and twice runner-up of the prize, Humphrey Davies, playwright Hassan Abdulrazzak and authors Rajeev Balasubramanyam and Meike Ziervogel.
They selected the winning titles from the 21
entries under the chairmanship of prize administrator Paula Johnson of
the Society of Authors.
Click here to listen to the Award Ceremony, which took place on 12 February in London hosted by the Society of Authors. Banipal also celebrated the two winners the following day with a Roundtable on Literary Translation, chaired by Prof Yasir Suleiman, and An Evening with the Joint Winners at Foyles Gallery chaired by Prof Paul Starkey. For more about the prize, the translators and their winning novels, click here. For an album of photos from the events go to Facebook.
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Marrakech is a city of narration, and Banipal 48 presents enthralling voices from the “kingdom of the improbable, one where reality is creatively rewritten”, as Juan Goytisolo describes the city in his introduction to Marrakech: Open Secrets, the first text of the feature. We invite readers to partake in many sublime moments of the real and seemingly unreal through the writings of poets and authors from Marrakech: Yassin Adnan and Saad Sarhan, the authors of Marrakech, Open Secrets, which has been translated especially for this issue; the painter novelist Mahi Binebine, who never fails to captivate, and his new novel The Lord will reward you; Abu Youssef Taha brings a couple of black tales with a twist; Rajae Benchemsi writes of Bahia, the henna painter, and describes Marrakech as “a cosmic uterus”; Mohamed Nedali’s fascinating debut novel Prime Cuts: An Apprentice Butcher’s Life & Loves will at last be published in English; Anis Arafai gives readers three alternative short stories while Taha Adnan presents three scenarios on the lure of the East and “the winds of Westernization”.
Banipal 48 also includes works by two more Moroccan authors, poets making waves – the well-known Mubarak Wassat, and newcomer Karima Nadir, writing about the coastal city of Casablanca.
The Literary Influences essay by Egyptian author Mansoura Ez-Eldin admirably complements Narrating Marrakech as she explains how she was lured by her grandmother’s storytelling to learn “to swim in the trackless spaces of fantasy”. A second Egyptian author is Ezzat El-Kamhawi, with an excerpt from his award-winning novel The House of El-Deeb. Also, two Iraqi novelists – Duna Ghali, settled in Denmark and writing in Arabic, in this excerpt, set in Baghdad 2006, of a family that becomes unhinged, disintegrating through being victims of war trauma, and Pius Alibek from Barcelona, writing in Catalan, this excerpt from his novel Nomad Roots recalling an Iraqi soldier’s struggle to exist in the southern desert.
Plus photo-features on the Berlin International Literature Festival and the Frankfurt Book Fair.
For full list of contents and links to contributors’ pages, go to current issue page
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