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Hoda Barakat and Ibrahim al-Koni, two Arab authors on the finalists' list.


Finalists’ List Announced

Ten writers are on the judges’ list of finalists under serious consideration for the sixth Man Booker International Prize, the £60,000 award which recognises one writer for his or her achievement in fiction.

• The authors come from ten countries with six new nationalities included on the list for the first time. They are from Libya, Mozambique, Guadeloupe, Hungary, South Africa and Congo.

• None of the writers has appeared on a previous Man Booker International Prize list of finalists.

• The proportion of writers translated into English is greater than ever before at 80%.

For more information about the finalists' list, click here or go to The Man Booker Prize website here

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Emerging Voices Awards

The FT/OppenheimerFunds EMERGING VOICES AWARDS for Fiction, Film and Art will recognise extraordinary artistic talent in more than 100 emerging market nations

To read more about the FICTION AWARD, click here

Click for the FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards website 

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winner of 2014 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize
for Arabic Literary Translation
for the translation of his own novel The Corpse Washer 

Sinan Antoon  Front cover of The Corpse Washer

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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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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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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

Victor Schiferli 


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.

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


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