April 28, 2024

The novel “A Mask, the Colour of the Sky” by the Palestinian writer Basim Khandaqji wins the Booker Prize 2024

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The International Prize for Arabic Fiction has just announced the winner of the Arabic Booker Prize for the year 2024 in its seventeenth edition. The winning novel is “A Mask, the Colour of the Sky” by the Palestinian writer Basim Khandaqji. This was revealed during the celebration held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

This year, six novels from five Arab countries made it to the shortlist of the Booker Prize. They are “Gambling in the Honour of Lady Mitzi” by Ahmed El-Morsi (Egypt), “Bahbel: Makkah Multiverse” by Raja Alem (Saudi Arabia), “The Mosaicist” by Eissa Nasiri (Morocco), “Suleima’s Ring” by Rima Bali (Syria), “The Seventh Sky of Jerusalem” by Osama Al-Eissa (Palestine), and “A Mask, the Colour of the Sky” by Basim Khandaqji (Palestine).

 

"A Mask, the Colour of the Sky" by the Palestinian writer Basim Khandaqji wins the Booker Prize 2024

“A Mask, the Colour of the Sky” by the Palestinian writer Basim Khandaqji wins the Booker Prize 2024

The six books on the shortlist for the 2024 Booker Prize each receive $10,000. Additionally, the winner of the first prize receives an extra $50,000, along with the translation of the winning book into English

The judging panel consists of five members, chaired by the Syrian writer Nabil Suleiman. Other members include the Egyptian writer Mohamed Shoair, the academic František Ondráš from the Czech Republic, the Sudanese writer Hammour Ziada, and the Palestinian writer Sonia Nimr.

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