IPAF 2014 Longlist announced!
7 January 2014
The International Prize for Arabic Fiction has today (Tuesday 7 January) announced the longlist of 16 novels in contention for the 2014 prize. Those selected were chosen from 156 entries from 18 countries, all published within the last 12 months.
The 2014 longlisted authors come from 9 different countries, with the highest numbers from Morocco, Iraq and Egypt. A Kuwaiti writer makes the list for the second time in 2014, following Saud Alsanousi’s success in 2013.
Five of the authors have been previously nominated for the prize; Amir Tag Elsir was shortlisted in 2011 (The Grub Hunter), Inaam Kachachi (The American Granddaughter) in 2009 and Khaled Khalifa (In Praise of Hatred) in 2008, whilst Ibrahim Nasrallah has been shortlisted (2009 – Time of White Horses) and longlisted (2013 - Lanterns of the King of Galilee). Waciny Laredj has been longlisted twice, in 2011 and 2013 (The Andalucian House and Lolita’s Fingers respectively). Many of these writers have subsequently had their work published in English, as well as other languages.
Ahmed Saadawi also has connections to the prize, having taken part in the IPAF nadwa in 2012, under the tutelage of Inaam Kachachi and Amir Tag Elsir.
The full 2014 longlist with further details can be found here