Authors from nine different countries have been longlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2013.
The 16 selected writers have been been chosen from 133 entries from countries including Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Iraq.
Several authors have been nominated before, including Rabee Jaber who won this year’s prize, while 12 are newcomers.
The prize, which will be announced on the eve of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair in April next year, is funded by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority with support from the Booker Prize Foundation. The winner will receive $50,000, while all the shortlisted candidates will receive $10,000.
The nominated books are:
Oh Mary by Sinan Antoon, Iraqi, Al-Jamal
Toya by Ashraf El-Ashmawi, Egyptian, Al-Dar al-Masriya al-Lubnaniya
The Kingdom of this Earth by Hoda Barakat, Lebanese, Dar al-Adab
I, She and Other Women by Jana Elhassan, Lebanese, Arab Scientific Publishers
Jaffa Prepares Morning Coffee by Anwar Hamed, Palestinian, The Arabic Insitute for Research and Publishing
The Beaver by Mohammed Hassan Alwan, Saudi Arabian, Dar al-Saqi
Our Master by Ibrahim Issa, Egyptian, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation
The Birds of the Holiday Inn by Rabee Jaber, Lebanese, Dar al-Tanwir
Sinalkul by Elias Khoury, Lebanese, Dar al-Adab
Lolita’s Fingers by Waciny Laredj, Algerian, Dar al-Adab
The Return of the Sheikh by Mohammed Abdel Nabi, Egyptian, Rawafid
Lanterns of the King of Galilee by Ibrahim Nasrallah, Palestinian-Jordanian, Arab Scientific Publishers
The President’s Gardens by Muhsin al-Ramly, Iraqi, Thaqafa
The Bamboo Stick by Saud Alsanousi, Kuwaiti, Arab Scientific Publishers
His Excellency the Minister by Hussein Al-Wad, Tunisian, Dar al-Janub
The Goatherd by Amin Zaoui, Algerian, Al-Ikhtilef