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The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) has revealed the longlist of 16 novels in contention for the 2023 prize, which will award $50,000 to the ultimate winner.
The longlisted authors range in age from 40 to 77 and hail from nine countries. The novels cover an extensive range of topics, including migration, exile and the refugee experience, and both fleeting and profound human relationships. Explorations of childhood are prevalent, with coming-of-age narratives revealing the ramifications of political unrest and conflict on the family and country from a child’s perspective.
The longlist has been chosen from a total of 124 submissions by a panel of five judges chaired by Moroccan writer and novelist Mohammed Achaari. Joining him on the judging panel are Egyptian academic and novelist Reem Bassiouney, Algerian novelist, researcher and journalist Fadhila El Farouk, Swedish university professor and translator Tetz Rooke, and Omani writer and academic Aziza al-Ta’I.
The full 2023 longlist, listed in alphabetical order by author surname, is as follows:
|Country of origin
|The Ages of Daniel in the City of Threads
|The Highest Part of the Horizon
|Masciliana – UAE
|Al-Sadiq Haj Ahmed
|The Exile of the Water Diviner
|Concerto Qurina Eduardo
|Takween – Iraq
|Lina Huyan Elhassan
|Ruler of the Two Fortresses
|The Melody of the Rabbit
|Sausan Jamil Hasan
|My Name is Zayzafoune
|The Box of Sand
|The Stone of Happiness
|Dar Al-Rafidain – Lebanon
|The Family House
|Days of the Shining Sun
|One Night is Enough
|They All Say I Love You
The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre, part of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, and was originally mentored by the Booker Prize Foundation in London.