December 17, 2023

International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) including Saudi authors

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)

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The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) has recently announced its longlist for the 2024 award, featuring 16 novels, including works by two prominent Saudi authors. This selection underscores Saudi Arabia’s growing influence in Arab literature. The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) celebrates literary excellence, with its longlist announced on December 14, 2023. This list results from a meticulous process where a five-member panel, led by Syrian writer Nabil Suleiman, reviewed 133 novels. These works were published in Arabic between July 2022 and June 2023. The panel includes Palestinian writer Sonia Nimr, Czech academic František Ondráš, Egyptian critic Mohamed Shoair, and Sudanese journalist Hammour Ziada.

Saleh al-Hamad makes his mark with “Eye of the Kite,” published by Dar Rashm, adding to the Kingdom’s representation in this prestigious list.

Saudi authors Raja Alem and Saleh al-Hamad are notable entrants on this list. Alem, a previous IPAF co-winner in 2011, is recognized for her novel “Bahbel: Makkah Multiverse 1945-2009,” published by Dar Tanweer – Lebanon. These novels are celebrated for their unique storytelling and deep exploration of themes, from personal identity to socio-political intricacies. Alem’s work offers a multi-layered depiction of Makkah, covering over six decades. Al-Hamad’s narrative provides an intriguing insight into Saudi Arabia’s cultural and social dynamics.

The 2024 longlist of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) not only showcases the diversity in Arab literature but also the rising creativity of Saudi authors. As the literary world awaits the final winner’s announcement in April, the presence of these Saudi writers is a pivotal moment, reflecting the Kingdom’s dynamic and evolving literary scene.

 

Source: International Prize for Arabic Fiction

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