8-book Shortlist Announced for 2017 Prix de la Littérature Arabe

Arabic Literature (in English)

The shortlist for the 2017 Prix de la Littérature Arabe was announced yesterday. The € 10,000 — the largest for Arab or Arabic literature in translation — is awarded annually to a writer “who is a national of an Arab League country” and who has published a book, the previous year, written in or translated into French:

Eight titles have been shortlisted for the fifth edition of the prize, which is sponsored by the Arab World Institute and the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation:

La Fille de Souslov (translated to English by Elisabeth Jaquette, as Suslov’s Daughter), by Habib Abdulrab Sarori (Actes Sud). Translator: Hana Jaber.

Seul le grenadier (translated to English by the author as The Corpse Washer), by Sinan Antoon (Actes Sud). Translator: Leyla Mansour.

Mourir est un enchantement, by Yasmine Chami (Actes Sud)

Un oiseau bleu et rare vole avec moi, (translated to the English as A…

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