2014 International Prize for Arabic Fiction Longlist Announced

Includes some interesting titles, but also includes some other completely mediocre ones.


The longlist for this year’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) is in, and the still-anonymous judges have chosen the maximum number — 16 novels:


A number of well-known authors are on the list, including Egypt’s Ibrahim Abdelmeguid, with his third in a trilogy, Clouds Over Alexandria; previously shortlisted Sudanese author Amir Tag Elsir with 366; popular Egyptian author Ahmed Mourad with The Blue Elephant, Kuwait’s Ismail Fahd Ismail with his The Phoenix and the Faithful Friend, and acclaimed Syrian author Khaled Khalifa for his No Knives in this City’s Kitchens, which also won the 2013 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature.

Others on the list who have been previously longlisted for the award include Iraqi novelist Inaam Kachachi, on the list this year for Tashari, Palestinian novelist Ibrahim Nasrallah, listed for The Edge of the Abyss, and Algerian novelist Waciny…

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