merely a bridge between two cultures
but . . . a laboratory that illuminates the styles of modern Arabic writings” – Adonis
We start Banipal’s nineteenth year of publication with a sharp eye on the essential character of the contemporary Arab literary scene. While much of the Arab world is plunged into chaos with wars and devastation, sectarian divisions, repression and censorship, the Arab literary side of life remains essentially modernist, secular, progressive and enlightened, speaking out for the marginalised – and needing to be heard across the world. In reflecting this, almost the entire issue is given over to writers from Sudan – fiction, poetry, articles, book reviews and interviews. In print and digital format.
In recent years Sudanese writers have been crowding onto the Arab literary scene. However, apart from the great Sudanese author Tayeb Saleh, well known for his classic novel Season of Migration to the North, there have been few translations into English. Banipal 55 showcases new waves of exciting writers, including Hammour Ziada, Ahmad Al Malik, Hamed El-Nazir, Emad Blake, Najlaa Osman Eltom, Mansour El Souwaim, Stella Gaitano, Mohammad Jamil Ahmad, Rania Mamoun, Tarek Eltayeb, Abdel Ghani Karamallah, Abdelaziz Baraka Sakin, Amir Tag Elsir, and more.
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Paul Starkey wins 2015 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize
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 click here
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Concerto of the Holocaust and the Nakba
wins 2016 International Prize for Arabic Fiction
The previously shortlisted novelist Rabai al-Madhoun wins the 2016 Prize for his innovative novel, written in four parts like a concerto, that chronicles Palestinian life both in occupation and exile
Destinies: Concerto of the Holocaust and the Nakba, published by Maktabat Kul Shee (Haifa, Palestine), and selected by the judges from 159 entries from 18 countries across the Arab World, was named winner by this year’s Chair of Judges, Emirati poet and academic Amina Thiban, at a ceremony in Abu Dhabi on 26 April. In addition to winning $50,000, Rabai al-Madhoun is guaranteed an English translation of his novel, as well as an increase in book sales and international recognition.
The five other shortlisted finalists were also honoured at the ceremony alongside the winner; each of the finalists, including the winner, receives $10,000.
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The Man Booker International Prize
2016 sees a new format for the prize, after joining forces with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. The Prize is for a single title, published in the UK in English translation, with the £50,000 prize will be divided equally between the winning author and translator.
The shortlist of six books was announced earlier this month. Each shortlisted author and translator will receive £1,000, while the £50,000 prize will be divided equally between the author and the translator of the winning entry. For all details of the shortlist, click here
The winner of the 2016 Prize will be announced on 16 May at a dinner at the V & A.
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