INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR ARAB FICTION ANNOUNCES SHORTLIST

Youssef Fadel, Inaam Kachachi, Khaled Khalifa, Abdelrahim Lahbibi, Ahmed Mourad and Ahmed Saadawi are the six authors shortlisted for the 2014 International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Their names were revealed at a press conference at the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation in Amman, Jordan, by a judging panel chaired by Saudi Arabian academic and critic, Saad A. Albazei (above). This year’s six novels are wide-ranging in both subject matter and style. They include: a prison novel from Morocco; a story about one family’s dispersal around the globe, from 1950s Iraq to the modern day; a police hunt for an Iraqi Frankenstein terrorising Baghdad; one man’s search for knowledge as he travels around North Africa and the Middle East; the grim reality of one family’s struggle to survive in present day Aleppo and a psychological thriller played out in a psychiatric hospital in Cairo.