The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) is a literary prize managed in association with the Booker Prize Foundation in London, and supported by the Emirates Foundation in Abu Dhabi. The prize is specifically for prose fiction by Arabic authors, along the lines of the Man Booker Prize.
The aim of the award is to recognise and reward excellence in contemporary Arabic fiction writing and to encourage wider readership of good-quality Arabic literature in the region and internationally. The prize is also designed to encourage the translation and promotion of Arabic language literature into other major world languages. An independent board of trustees, drawn from across the Arab world and beyond, is responsible for appointing six new judges each year, and for the overall management of the prize.
Yesterday, the (IPAF) announced its 2017 longlist. The novels selected were chosen from 186 entries from 19 countries, all published within the last 12 months. The longlist was chosen by a panel of five judges chaired by Palestinian novelist Sahar Khalifa, and also includes Palestinian translator Saleh Almani, Libyan writer Fatima al-Haji, Egyptian novelist Sahar ElMougy, and Greek translator Sophia Vasalou. This is the first year the judging panel has been announced so early, and the first year for it to be dominated by women.
The full 2017 longlist, as provided in alphabetical order, by the prize organizers:
|Author||Title||Country of origin||Publisher|
|Yassin Adnan||Hot Maroc||Morocco||Dar al-Ain|
|Sultan Al Ameemi||One Room Is Not Enough||UAE||Difaf Publishing|
|Mohammed Hasan Alwan||A Small Death||Saudi Arabia||Dar Al Saqi|
|Najwa Binshatwan||The Slaves’ Pens||Libya||Dar Al Saqi|
|Amir Tag Elsir||The Resort of the Enchantress||Sudan||Dar Al Saqi|
|Ali Ghadeer||Swastika||Iraq||Dar wa Maktabat Sutur|
|Renée Hayek||The Year of the Radio||Lebanon||Dar Tanweer, Lebanon|
|Zuheir al-Hiti||Days of Dust||Iraq||Dar Tanweer, Tunis|
|Ismail Fahd Ismail||Al-Sabiliat||Kuwait||Nova|
|Abdul-Kareem Jouaity||The North Africans||Morocco||Al-Markez al-Thaqafi al-Arabi|
|Tayseer Khalf||The Slaughter of the Philosophers||Syria||Arabic Scientific Institute for Research and Publishing|
|Elias Khoury||Children of the Ghetto – My Name is Adam||Lebanon||Dar al-Adab|
|Mohammed Abdel Nabi||In the Spider’s Chamber||Egypt||Dar al-Ain|
|Saad Mohammed Rahim||The Bookseller’s Murder||Iraq||Dar wa Maktabat Sutur|
|Youssef Rakha||Paolo||Egypt||Dar Tanweer, Egypt|
This is the tenth year of the Prize, which is recognised as the leading prize for literary fiction in the Arab world.