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This is not an April Fool!!!
TOMORROW, 2 APRIL 2020, at 6.30pm (BST)
Banipal Book Club will hold its first online meeting.
It will take place on ZOOM, courtesy of the Arab British Centre.
To join the discussion, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get the log-in instructions.
We're looking forward to our first online book club.
We will be discussing the 2019 Saif GHobash Banipal Prizewinner Death is Hard Work by Khaled Khalifa, translated by Leri Price.
The judges considered Death is Hard Work a beautifully and tightly written novel and a strong depiction of the conflict in Syria through the quest of three siblings to honour the last wishes of their deceased father that he be buried in his home village, across the country through war and torment. Their journey, which deftly mirrors the conflict outside their minibus, brings out the dysfunctional relationships of the family. Khalifa’s metaphorical and condensed narrative presents the tragedy of the wider crisis in the region. Layered and absurd, the novel captures a sense of claustrophobia, unravelling with pitch-perfect prose.
• The judging panel comprised fiction writer and publishing editor Ghazi Gheblawi (Chair); poet, novelist and publisher Jan Fortune; university lecturer and translator Abla Oudeh; and writer, critic and former deputy director of English PEN Catherine Taylor.