Translations

One of the main aims of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction is to encourage the translation of Arabic literature into other languages.

In the past English publication has been secured for most of the Prize winners:  Bahaa Taher (2008), Youssef Ziedan (2009), Abdo Khal (2010) joint winners Mohammed Achaari and Raja Alem (2011), Saud Alsanousi (2013), Ahmed Saadawi (2014), Rabai al-Madhoun (2016). Taher’s Sunset Oasis was translated into English by Sceptre (an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton) in 2009 and has gone on to be translated into 8 languages worldwide. Ziedan’s Azazeel was published in the UK by Atlantic Books in April 2012, and Abdo Khal and Mohammed Achaari’s books were published in 2012 by the Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing. Saud Alsanousi's The Bamboo Stalk was published by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation in April 2015 and Raja Alem’s The Doves’ Necklace was published by The Overlook Press in America and Duckworth Books in June 2016. Ahmed Saadawi's Frankenstein in Baghdad will be published in 2018 by Penguin Books in the US and by Oneworld in the UK. All of the winning titles, and a significant number of shortlisted and longlisted books have been translated internationally in South America, Europe and Asia.

A full list of IPAF winning and shortlisted books available in translation is outlined below.

America by Rabee Jaber

  • Italian: Feltrinelli
  • French: Gallimard

 

The American Granddaughter by Inaam Kachachi

  • Chinese: Shanghai 99
  • English: Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing 
  • French: Liana Levi 

 

The Arch and the Butterfly by Mohammed Achaari

  • English: Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing 
  • Italian: Fazi Editore
  • Spanish: Turner

 

Azazeel by Youssef Ziedan

  • Bosnian: Ljevak
  • Croatian: Ljevak
  • Czech: Albatros Media
  • English (UK) Atlantic Books 
  • French: Albin Michel
  • German: Random House
  • Greek: Livanis
  • Hebrew: Kinneret - Zmora
  • Indonesian: Serambi
  • Italian: Neri Pozza
  • Polish: Barbelo
  • Portuguese (Brazil): Editora Record
  • Romanian: Trei
  • Russian: AST
  • Turkish: Epsilon
  • Spanish: Turner

 

The Bamboo Stalk by Saud Alsanousi

  • English: Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing
  • Icelandic: Forlagid
  • Iran: Al Nilofer Publishing House
  • Romanian: Polirom

 

The Beaver by Mohammed Hasan Alwan

  • French: Le Seuil

 

Beyond Paradise by Mansoura Ez Eldin

  • Dutch
  • German: Unionsverlag
  • Italian: Piemme Mondador

 

Black Taste, Black Odour by Ali Al-Muqri

  • Italian: Piemme Italy
  • French:Liana Levi

 

Brooklyn Heights by Miral-al-Tahawy

  • English: Faber & Faber

 

Destinies: Concerto of the Holocaust and the Nakba by Rabai al-Madhoun

  • English: AUC Press (Autumn, 2017)

 

The Dove's Necklace by Raja Alem

  • English (US): Overlook Press
  • English (UK): Duckworth
  • French: Editions Stock
  • German: Unions Verlag
  • Italian: Marsilio Publishing
  • Polish: Smak Slowa

 

The Druze of Belgrade by Rabee Jaber

  • Bosnian: Buybook
  • French: Gallimard
  • German: Hanser
  • Italian: Feltrinelli
  • Norwegian: Gyldendal Norsk
  • Polish: Biuro Literackie
  • Romanian: Trei
  • Serbian: Geopoetika
  • Spanish/America: Oceano
  • Spanish/Europe: Turner Libros

 

Embrace on Brooklyn Bridge by Ezzedine Choukri Fishere

  • English: AUC Press (Spring 2017)

 

Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

  • English: Penguin Books (US, January 2018)
  • English: Oneworld (UK, Spring 2018)
  • French: Piranha
  • Hebrew: Kinneret-Zmora
  • Italian: Edizioni e/o
  • Spanish: Turner

 

The Grub Hunter by Amir Taj al-Sir

  • English: Pearson African Writers Series

 

Hail Mary by Sinan Antoon

  • Spanish: Turner
  • English: AUC Press (under the title “Baghdad Eucharist”, 2017)

 

Hunger by Mohamed El Bisatie

  • English: AUC Press (prior to being longlisted for IPAF)
  • French: Actes Sud
  • German: Lenos 

 

In Praise of Hatred by Khaled Khalifa

  • English: Random House
  • French: Actes Sud
  • Italian: Bompiani 
  • Spanish: Random House

 

June Rain by Jabbour Douaihy

  • English: BQFP
  • French: Actes Sud
  • Italian: Feltrinelli
  • Spanish: Turner

 

The Lady from Tel Aviv by Rabai al-Madhoun

  • English: Telegram

 

The Lanterns of the King of Galilee by Ibrahim Nasrallah

  • English: American University in Cairo Press

 

Sarmada by Fadi Azzam

  • English: Swallows Editions

 

The Scents of Marie Claire by Habib Selmi

  • English: Arabia Books
  • French: Actes Sud 
  • German: Lenos
  • Italian: Einaudi

 

Sinalkul by Elias Khoury

  • English: MacLehose Press (under the title "Broken Mirrors")

 

Sunset Oasis by Bahaa Taher

  • Bosnian: Buybook
  • Bulgarian: Obsidian
  • English (Canada): McClelland & Stewart
  • English (UK): Sceptre
  • French: Gallimard
  • German: Unions Verlag
  • Greek: Livanis
  • Norwegian: Vigmostad & Bjorke
  • Romanian: Polirom
  • Spanish: Turner Libros 
  • Turkish: Dogan Egmont

 

Swan Song by Mekkawi Said

  • English: AUC Press
  • Middle East and North America: Arabia Books (UK)

 

Tashari by Inaam Kachachi

  • French: Gallimard

 

Throwing Sparks by Abdo Khal

  • English: Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing 
  • French: Books Editions

 

Time of the White Horses by Ibrahim Nasrallah

  • English: American University in Cairo Press 

 

The Ninety-Ninth Floor by Jana Elhassan

  • English: Interlink Books

 

The Tobacco Keeper by Ali Bader

  • English: Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing

 

The Vagrant by Jabbour Douaihy

  • French: Sindbad Actes Sud
  • Italian: Feltrinelli

 

The Women of al-Basatin by Habib Selmi

  • French: Actes Sud
  • German: Lenos