International Prize for Arabic Fiction longlist announced
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International Prize for Arabic Fiction longlist announced


The International Prize for Arabic Fiction has today 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 16 longlisted authors are:

Ibrahim Abdelmeguid (Egyptian) for Clouds Over Alexandria

Badryah El-Bishr (Saudi Arabian) for Love Stories on al-Asha Street

Antoine Douaihy (Lebanese) for The Bearer of the Purple Rose

Amir Tag Elsir (Sudanese) for 366

Youssef Fadel (Moroccan) for A Rare Blue Bird that Flies with Me

Ismail Ghazali (Moroccan) for The Season of Pike Fishing

Ismail Fahd Ismail (Kuwaiti) for The Phoenix and the Faithful Friend

Inaam Kachachi (Iraqi) for Tashari

Khaled Khalifa (Syrian) for No Knives in this City's Kitchens

Ashraf al-Khamaisi (Egyptian) for God's Land of Exile

Waciny Laredj (Algerian) for Ashes of the East: The Wolf who Grew Up in the Wilderness

Abdelrahim Lahbibi (Moroccan) for The Journeys of 'Abdi, known as Son of Hamriya

Ahmed Mourad (Egyptian) for The Blue Elephant

Ibrahim Nasrallah (Jordanian-Palestinian) for The Edge of the Abyss

Abdel Khaliq al-Rikabi (Iraqi) for The Sad Night of Ali Baba

Ahmed Saadawi (Iraqi) for Frankenstein in Baghdad

The books were selected by a panel of five judges, whose names will be announced in Amman, Jordan, on February 10, at the same time as the 2014 shortlist.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in Abu Dhabi on April 29, the eve of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.