April saw Four Culture, working with our Abu Dhabi-based team, announce the winner of the 11thInternational Prize for Arabic Fiction, the top literary prize for prose fiction in Arabic. The announcement was made at an awards ceremony attended by 300 guests at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi.
The Second War of the Dog by Ibrahim Nasrallah, published by Arab Scientific Publishers, was named this year’s winner by Chair of the Judges Ibrahim Al Saafin. In addition to winning $50,000, funding will be provided for the English translation of The Second War of the Dog, and Nasrallah can expect an increase in book sales and international recognition. The novel was chosen from 124 entries from 14 countries.
The announcement was featured across Arabic media from Gulf Times to The Times of Israel, as well as being broadcast on BBC World Service, featured in The Guardian and all the major book trade publications. Press Association also covered the news, which was syndicated across multiple publications include The New York Times and Washington Post.
We livestreamed the announcement on Facebook for the first time securing more than 1,200 views. Special films made on location with each of the six shortlisted authors can be seen on the Prize's Vimeo page.
Rewarding excellence in contemporary Arabic creative writing, the Prize encourages the readership of high quality Arabic literature internationally through the translation and publication of winning and shortlisted novels in other major languages. The 2014 winner Ahmed Saadawi, is currently in the running for this year's Man Booker International Prize for his book Frankenstein in Baghdad.