The Bamboo Stalk by Saud Alsanousi wins International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2013
IPAF authors to take part in local events, ahead of winner announcement in Abu Dhabi on 23 April
America (Al-Markaz al-Thaqafi al-Arabi/Arab Cultural Centre, Morocco and Lebanon, 2009) evokes the story of the Syrians who left their homeland in the early twentieth century to try their luck in the young America. Spurred on by a sense of adventure and the desire to escape poverty, they made the epic journey. Leaving their homeland with only a few belongings, their journey takes in everything from their travels across mountains and plains, to their gradual integration into American society, later becoming citizens of America and fighting its wars. In particular, the novel focuses on the character of Marta, who travels alone to New York in search of her husband, with whom she has lost contact. America is a tribute to those who left Syria in search of a new life from those who remained behind.
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