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The selected novels in the longlist were chosen from 124 entries from 14 countries

This year will see the participation of 848 publishers from 27 countries, including 481 Egyptian, 367 Arab, 10 international, though only two African publishers

Among the winners this year was novelist and journalist Youssef Rakha, who won the Best Novel award for his book Paulo, and Mohammed Abdel-Naby, who won Best Novel of an Emerging Writer for his work In the Spider's Room.

As the year comes to a close, Ahram Online takes a look back at the 10 best Egypt-related reads of all genres.



Said is best known for his novel Taghreedat Al-Bag’a (The Swan Song), for which he was nominated for the Arabic Booker Prize in 2008

Peter Gran is among a wave of historians who challenged traditional narratives about Egypt during the Ottoman era, positing an inclusive global history in place of Eurocentrism

Critics argue that it would violate the Egyptian Constitution

Ishiguro has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world

Egypt lost Sunday a towering figure of culture writing — one who touched generations of artists and journalists

Director Ali Badrakhan, critic El-Taher Makki, cinematographer Tarek El-Telmissany, and aesthetics professor Shaker Abdel-Hamid are among the winners of Egypt's highest state awards in the arts and literature

Makki was one of the most specialised critics in the field of Andalusian literature

Dutch writer Connie Palmen speaks of her latest novel, You Said It, that fictionalises the tragic relationship between Sylvia Plath and her husband Ted Hughes

French historian, Henry Laurens, celebrated the launch of the last volume of his book 'The Question of Palestine'

The world's oldest and largest book fair runs from 26 January to 10 February at Nasr City Fairgrounds

This year will host Morocco as a guest of honour and poet Salah Abdel-Sabour as the person of the year and an expanded Chinese participation

The longlist includes 16 novels chosen from 186 entries by authors from 19 countries

The list includes an Arabic translation of a famous economics tome, the hidden story of a love affair by two cultural icons, and an analysis of relapses in the Arab Spring

Esmat's win sees the prize return to an Egyptian after three years of going to non-Egyptian novelists

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