International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)

‘Edge of the Abyss': On Violence and the Myths of (Literary) Creation

The 2014 International Prize for Arabic Fiction has been awarded — to Ahmed Saadawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad — but yesterday, IPAF Board of Trustees’ chair Yasir Suleiman noted that there are many gems to be found on the prize’s longlists. Richard Cozzens here reviews Ibrahim Nasrallah’s longlisted Edge of the Abyss for 7iber and ArabLit, a novel he says is, in its best moments, about violence and the act of creation.

‘Baghdad Writes!’

A cheer went up in the conference hall when the winner to the 2014 International Prize for Arabic Fiction was announced: It was Iraqi novelist Ahmed Saadawi for his novel, Frankenstein in Baghdad. The cheers were echoed across social media.

Ahmed Mourad: ‘I Am a Tough Reader’

For the final interview in our series on International Prize for Arabic Fiction shortlistees, Amira Abd El Khalek talks to Ahmed Mourad about his editing process, why comparing a book to a film version is like comparing poetry to swimming, and how — if he were going to switch genres — he might like to write a romance.


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