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Book Club: From fiction to insightful memoirs and social commentary, The New Arab rounds up some of the best books written by Arab authors this year.

Some of the Arab world's most well-known authors have demanded the International Prize for Arabic Fiction cut ties with the UAE.

Arab artists boycott UAE after Israel deal

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Arab artists boycott UAE after Israel deal

A number of Arab artists have withdrawn from Emirati-run exhibitions and competitions in opposition to last month's agreement to normalise ties with Israel.

Virus will inspire generation of writers, says Lebanese novelist

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Virus will inspire generation of writers, says Lebanese novelist

Jabbour Douihy, who has twice been shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic ...

The Baghdad Clock: A searing coming of age story

Sumaiyya Naseem

The Baghdad Clock: A searing coming of age story

Book Club: Shahad Al Rawi's The Baghdad Clock beautifully portrays the exhilaration, thrill and anticipation that comes with falling in love ...

Ilham Essalih

Love, slavery, madness and abuse: Celestial Bodies

Book Club: Celestial Bodies is a complex intergenerational story set in the Omani village of al-Awafi, covering themes of love, slavery, madness and abuse.

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Omani becomes first Arab winner of Man Booker prize

Jokha Alharthi's 'Celestial Bodies' novel landed the Arab author the Man Booker International prize.

Amena Ravat

Frankenstein in Baghdad: The line between victim and villain

Book Club: Ahmed Saadawi's Frankenstein in Baghdad, winner of the International Prize for Arabic ...

Raya al-Jadir

Palestinian-Jordanian author Ibrahim Nasrallah on life and literature

Book Club: Author and poet Ibrahim Nasrallah, winner of the 2018 International Prize for Arabic ...

Eminent writer resigns from Saudi newspaper over Khashoggi affair

Florence Dixon

Eminent writer resigns from Saudi newspaper over Khashoggi affair

Raba'i al-Madhoun announced he had resigned from London-based Saudi paper Asharq Al-Awsat over the 'dreadful, frightening, agonising, ...

Quentin Müller

'Frankenstein in Baghdad' sparks Hollywood elite into life

Ahmed Saadawi's dark-themed novel has drawn the attention of big names in the film industry, reports Quentin Muller.

<em>Arabic</em> lit magazine features longlisted novels <em>for</em> top <em>prize</em>

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Arabic lit magazine features longlisted novels for top prize

Arabic translation literary magazine Banipal has released this year's summer issue, which is dedicated to highlighting recently ...

Behind Baghdad's silver-screen: The catalyst <em>for</em> Iraqi cinema's reinvention

Gareth Browne

Behind Baghdad's silver-screen: The catalyst for Iraqi cinema's reinvention

Movie maker Mohammed al-Daradji's Baghdad film school aims to build a world-class industry in a city that has already seen too many horrors, ...

Saudi writer wins this year's '<em>Arabic</em> Booker' literature <em>prize</em> Saudi writer wins this year's 'Arabic Booker' literature prize

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Saudi writer wins this year's 'Arabic Booker' literature prize

Mohammed Hasan Alwan became the third Saudi to win the prestigious International Prize for Arabic ...

Remembering Sadat's assassination

Jonathan Wright

Remembering Sadat's assassination

Comment: 35 years ago, Jonathan Wright was sat in the grandstand as Egypt's president was shot. Here, he revisits the history of unfulfilled ...

The New Arab

Palestinian wins 'Arab Booker' with novel on Nakba, Holocaust

Novelist Rabai al-Madhoun has been declared winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, becoming the first Palestinian author to receive the prestigious award, also known as the 'Arab

The New Arab & agencies

Curtain rises on Berlin festival with revolutionary Tunisian movie

For the first time in two decades, an Arabic film is set to open the competition at the Berlin International Film ...

Marcia Lynx Qualey

The literature of forgetting and remembering in Iraq

Novels on Iraq have taken dramatically different approaches to the subject. Iraqis are producing a body of 'literature as resistance', dwarfed ...

Lana Asfour

Longlist announced for international "Arabic Booker" fiction prize

This year, 16 novels from 10 countries have been selected to compete for the International Prize for ...

Mona el-Shimi: Another kind of memoir

Ahmad Zakaria

Mona el-Shimi: Another kind of memoir

Shimmy's latest novel, The Size of a Grape, is an extremely personal memoir of a life full of trials and personal tragedy, lived in the shadow ...

Lana Asfour

Longlist announced for international "Arabic Booker" fiction prize

This year, 16 novels from 10 countries have been selected to compete for the International Prize for ...

Chaos and culture: Re-establishing Iraq's artistic scene

Otail al-Jaffal

Chaos and culture: Re-establishing Iraq's artistic scene

The conflicts that have rocked Iraq have locked up artistic expression, but a group of pioneers is attempting to break the shackles and restore ...

Charged with possession of a book in Saudi Arabia

Khaled al-Shayea

Charged with possession of a book in Saudi Arabia

Despite heavy censorship in the kingdom, many banned works are being sold at book fairs where regulations are less strict.

Khalifa: lover of two cities, chronicler of a country

Rima Marrouch

Khalifa: lover of two cities, chronicler of a country

Even as his reputation grows beyond the borders of Syria, the writer’s works are not available in a homeland he refuses to quit

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