Al-Mustafa Najjar continues with his interviews of authors shortlisted for the 2014 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, discussing Inaam Kachachi’s novel Tashari with its author.
Al-Mustafa Najjar, who reviewed Ahmed Saadawi’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)-shortlisted “Frankenstein in Baghdad,” also interviewed the author, who talks about his novel, including about how, “The element of fantasy adds a touch of joy to the work, mitigating its cruelty.”
Youssef Fadel’s “A Rare Blue Bird That Flies with Me” is on the six-strong shortlist for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Cristina Dozio reviews it, and finds time runs, in this evocative novel, runs in many different sorts of ways.
Yasir Suleiman, chairman of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)’s board of trustees, spoke in Jordan as part of the recent shortlist events. 7iber’s Sara Obeidat was there.
When the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) shortlist was announced on February 10 in Amman, Jordan, the identities of the five judges were just as much a part of the surprise as the identities of the six novels. Here, we look at the IPAF judges, who — with the exception of Mehmet Hakkı Suçin, hospitalized at the time of the announcement — were interviewed by 7iber staff.
7iber’s Siwar Masannat was present at the February 10 shortlist announcement for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. She writes about the possibilities and im-possibilities of “judging” novels and the relationship between identity and writing style.
The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) shortlist was announced this morning at a news conference in Amman, Jordan, where the year’s five judges were also revealed.
This year’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) shortlist will be announced later this morning. Until then, ArabLit and 7iber look at one last longlisted novel, Antoine Douaihy’s The Bearer of the Purple Rose, a novel that looks at the nature of freedom.
The blogger Mayyasi asked novelist Antoine Douaihy, longlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) for his “The Bearer of the Purple Rose,” about his philosophy of writing, his novel’s narrative voice, and how he feels about being longlisted for the IPAF.
Mayyasi reviews Antoine Douaihy’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)-longlisted “The Bearer of the Purple Rose,” in which a writer is forced to choose to write a tyrant’s biography or languish in prison.
ArabLit and 7iber continue coverage of this year’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) longlist – in English and Arabic — with Abdel Khaliq al-Rikabi and The Sad Night of Ali Baba, about which al-Rikabi said, “I don’t think I have ever encountered as many moral dilemmas in writing any of my previous novels as I did with this one.”
Jona Fras interviewed Iraqi novelist Abdel Khaliq al-Rikabi about his IPAF-longlisted novel, The Sad Night of Ali Baba, how he went about writing it, and why al-Rikabi believes “that I had to write this novel, whatever happened.”