One of the main aims of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction is to encourage the translation of Arabic literature into other languages.

In the past seven years the Prize has secured English translations for most of its winners:  Bahaa Taher (2008), Youssef Ziedan (2009), Abdo Khal (2010) joint winners Mohammed Achaari and Raja Alem (2011), Saud Alsanousi (2013), Ahmed Saadawi (2014). Taher’s Sunset Oasis was translated into English by Sceptre (an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton) in 2009 and has gone on to be translated into 8 languages worldwide. Ziedan’s Azazeel was published in the UK by Atlantic Books in April 2012, and Abdo Khal and Mohammed Achaari’s books were published in 2012 by the Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing. Saud Alsanousi's The Bamboo Stalk was published by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation in April 2015 and Raja Alem’s The Doves’ Necklace will be published by The Overlook Press in America and Duckworth Books in the UK this year. Ahmed Saadawi's Frankenstein in Baghdad is due to be published in 2016 by Penguin Books in the US and Oneworld in the UK. All of the winning titles, and a significant number of shortlisted and longlisted books have been translated internationally in South America, Europe and Asia.

A full list of IPAF winning and shortlisted books available in translation is outlined below.

America by Rabee Jaber

The American Granddaughter by Inaam Kachachi


The Arch and the Butterfly by Mohammed Achaari


Azazeel by Youssef Ziedan

The Bamboo Stalk by Saud Alsanousi


The Beaver by Mohammed Hasan Alwan

  • French: Le Seuil (early 2015)


Beyond Paradise by Mansoura Ez Eldin

Black Taste, Black Odour by Ali Al-Muqri


Brooklyn Heights by Miral-al-Tahawy


The Dove's Necklace by Raja Alem


The Druze of Belgrade by Rabee Jaber


Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi


The Grub Hunter by Amir Taj al-Sir

Hail Mary by Sinan Antoon

Hunger by Mohamed El Bisatie


In Praise of Hatred by Khaled Khalifa


June Rain by Jabbour Douaihy


The Lady from Tel Aviv by Rabai al-Madhoun


Sarmada by Fadi Azzam


The Scents of Marie Claire by Habib Selmi


Sinalkul by Elias Khoury

  • English: MacLehose Press (under the title "Broken Mirrors", Spring 2015)


Sunset Oasis by Bahaa Taher

Swan Song by Mekkawi Said


Tashari by Inaam Kachachi


Throwing Sparks by Abdo Khal


Time of the White Horses by Ibrahim Nasrallah

The Tobacco Keeper by Ali Bader


The Vagrant by Jabbour Douaihy


The Women of al-Basatin by Habib Selmi

About the Prize

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) is an annual literary prize run with the support of the Booker Prize Foundation in London and...

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