Thu 19 March 2015
Meetings room & Library, Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE



Front cover of The Corpse Washer


by Sinan Antoon
translated by the author

Winner of the 2014 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation

Read the Tanjara Blogspot report on the 24 February celebration at Waterstone's Piccadilly with the author/translator Sinan Antoon

You can also read more about Sinan Antoon’s The Corpse Washer in Farid Farid’s article on The GuardianSinan Antoon: an Iraqi novelist living in continuous mourning :

“Antoon is interested in teasing out the embodied tension of living and working in the country that occupied his homeland, and talks of the sense of estrangement when witnessing the horrors of a protracted conflict. Talking about writing against a backdrop of ravaging violence, he says “oftentimes I am speechless, like many of us are, but we are in the business of words so we have to somehow try and represent the effects of all of this on human beings”.

For all information about winning the prize go to:


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