Al-Mustafa Najjar and M. Lynx Qualey co-review Mohammed Achaari’s “The Arch and the Butterfly,” co-winner of the 2011 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF). While one trend among IPAF judges seems to reward “page-turner” novels, this is not among them.
International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)
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.
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.
On Tuesday night, International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) judging chair Saad Albazei announced that Iraqi author Ahmed Saadawi had won the 2014 award for his novel Frankenstein in Baghdad.
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.
In his latest book, A Rare Blue Bird that Flies with Me — shortlisted for this year’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) — Moroccan writer Youssef Fadel takes the reader on a vividly imaginative odyssey through a dark period in Morocco’s history. Al-Mustafa Najjar talked to the author
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.
The work of Moroccan novelist Abdelrahim Lahbibi was little-known before his third novel, “The Journeys of ’Abdi, Known as the Son of Hamriya,” made it onto this year’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) shortlist. Al-Mustafa Najjar talked to the author about his sudden shift into the spotlight.
Asmaa Abdallah reviewed Khaled Khalifa’s There are No Knives in the Kitchens of This City, translator Lissie Jaquette talked about why the novel will succeed in English, and now al-Mustafa Najjar has interviewed Khalifa, talking about why he continues to set his novels in Aleppo, the duty of the writer, and what sort of characters he enjoys writing.
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.
At the time of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) shortlist announcement, ArabLit and 7iber had interviews with four of the five judges. One judge was missing, Mehmet Hakkı Suçin. He graciously followed up with an email interview.