Get to Know the Arab Authors on 2015 Man Booker International ‘Finalists List’

I went out to my library after the Man Booker finalists were announced with the intention of getting the two most recent books by each. I realized in my days of editing Gently Read Literature that I had already read some Hoda Barakat (even though I failed to generate enough reviews of her work).

I was only able to get Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies and The Hunger Tide. So here is perhaps the best English language Arabic Literature blog out there providing some much needed info.

Arabic Literature (in English)

The 2015 Man Booker International announced its ten-strong “finalists list” today, and — unsurprisingly, since the judging committee is chaired by Marina Warner and includes Arabist Wen-chin Ouyang — it includes two very worthy authors who write in Arabic:

Finalists - web images2This year will mark the sixth Man Booker International Prize, which is granted in odd years, and awards an author from anywhere in the world £60,000 for his or her achievements in fiction — although the author’s work must be available in English.

Celebrated Lebanese writer Hoda Barakat and much-awarded Libyan novelist Ibrahim al-Koni are the second and third Arabic-writing novelists to make the MBI “finalists list,” after Naguib Mahfouz (who had already won the Nobel Prize) in the prize’s inaugural year, 2005.

Also on the finalists list this year is prominent Anglophone Indian writer Amitav Ghoshwho has said, “I’d say I’m one of the few non-Arab writers who’s read a…

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