International Prize for Arabic Fiction Shortlist Announcement: Tuesday 5 February 2019

31/01/2019

The shortlist for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2019 will be announced between 2.30-3.00pm GMT/ 6.30-7.00pm GST on Tuesday 5 February 2019.

Comprising six novels, it will be chosen by the 2019 judging panel from the longlist of 16 novels all published in Arabic between July 2017 and June 2018.The judging panel is chaired by Charafdin Majdolin and includes Fowziyah AbuKhalid, Zulaikha Aburisha, Zhang HongYi and Latif Zeitouni.

 

The full 2019 longlist, listed in alphabetical order by author surname, is as follows: 

Author

Title

Country of origin

Publisher

Mohammed Abi Samra

Women Without Trace

Lebanon

Riyad al-Rayyes

Omaima Abdullah Al-Khamis

Voyage of the Cranes in the Cities of Agate

Saudi Arabia

Dar Al Saqi

Hoda Barakat

The Night Mail

Lebanon

Dar al-Adab

Jalal Bargas

Women of the Five Senses

Jordan

Arabic Institute for Research and Publishing

Adel Esmat

The Commandments

Egypt

Kotob Khan

Maysalun Hadi

Mohammed's Brothers

Iraq

Dar al-Dhakira

Haji Jaber

Black Foam

Eritrea

Dar Tanweer, Lebanon

Inaam Kachachi 

The Outcast

Iraq

Dar al-Jadid

Waciny Laredj

May — The Nights of Isis Copia

Algeria

Dar al-Adab

Mohammed Al-Maazuz

What Sin Caused her to Die?

Morocco

Cultural Book Centre

May Menassa 

I Killed My Mother in Order to Live

Lebanon

Riyad al-Rayyes

Mbarek Rabi

Western Mediterranean

Morocco

Arabic Institute for Research and Publishing

Habib Sayah

Me and Haim

Algeria

Dar Mim

Shahla Ujayli 

Summer with the Enemy

Syria

Difaf Publishing

Iman Yehia

The Mexican Wife

Egypt

Dar al-Shorouk

Kafa Al-Zou’bi

Cold White Sun

Jordan

Dar al-Adab

 

 

IPAF is recognised as the leading prize for literary fiction in the Arab world. The six shortlisted finalists will receive $10,000, with a further $50,000 going to the winner. Last year’s winner was The Second War of the Dog by Ibrahim Nasrallah.

 

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is an annual literary prize for prose fiction in Arabic. It is sponsored by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and is run with the support, as its mentor, of the Booker Prize Foundation in London.