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Arabic Booker prize 2013 announces candidates: 3 Egyptians listed

Booker's Intl Prize for Arabic Fiction releases their full list of candidates, including 3 Egyptians, last year's winner - and for the first time a Kuwaiti author

Ahram Online , Sunday 9 Dec 2012
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The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (Arabic Booker) announces the full list of candidates for the 2013 Prize on 6 December.

The long list includes 16 novels selected from 133 entries from 15 countries. To qualify they had to have been published within the last 12 months.

The list includes three Egyptian writers: writer and journalist Ibrahim Issa for his novel Mowlana (Our Master); writer and former judge Ashraf El-Ashmawi for his novel Toya and young writer Mohammed Abdel Nabi for his novel Rogo’a El-Sheikh Ela Sebah (The Return of the Sheikh).

Also on the list are prominent Lebanese writer, Elias Khoury with his novel Sinalkul and compatriot, Rabee Jaber, who won the 2012 prize with his novel The Druze of Belgrade. Author Saad Alsanousi has the honour of representing Kuwait for the first time in the award's history.

The shortlist is expected to be announced on 9 January in Tunisia and the final winner will be announced in March 2013.

The full list, in alphabetical order:

 

Title

Author

Nationality

Publisher

Oh Mary

Sinan Antoon

Iraqi

Al-Jamal

Toya

Ashraf El-Ashmawi

Egyptian

Al-Dar al-Masriya al-Lubnaniya

The Kingdom of this Earth

Hoda Barakat

Lebanese

Dar al-Adab

Her, Other Women and I

Jana Elhassan

Lebanese

Arab Scientific Publishers

Jaffa Prepares Morning Coffee

Anwar Hamed

Palestinian

The Arabic Insitute for Research and Publishing

The Beaver

Mohammed Hassan Alwan

Saudi Arabian

Dar al-Saqi

Our Master

Ibrahim Issa

Egyptian

Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation

The Birds of the Holiday Inn

Rabee Jaber

Lebanese

Dar al-Tanwir

Sinalkul

Elias Khoury

Lebanese

Dar al-Adab

Lolita’s Fingers

Waciny Laredj

Algerian

Dar al-Adab

The Return of the Sheikh

Mohammed Abdel Nabi

Egyptian

Rawafid

Lanterns of the King of Galilee

Ibrahim Nasrallah

Palestinian-Jordanian

Arab Scientific Publishers

The President’s Gardens

Muhsin al-Ramly

Iraqi

Thaqafa

The Bamboo Stick

Saud Alsanousi

Kuwaiti

Arab Scientific Publishers

His Excellency the Minister

Hussein Al-Wad

Tunisian

Dar al-Janub

The Goatherd

Amin Zaoui

Algerian

Al-Ikhtilef

 

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