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Ibrahim Nasrallah wins the Arab Man Booker – or International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2018

On April 24th, the prestigious International Prize for Arabic Fiction was awarded to Ibrahim Nasrallah for his novel “The Second Dog War”, a satirical novel, partly dystopia, partly science fiction, that depicts a not-so-distant grim future.
The novel is entertaining and was for Ibrahim Nasrallah an opportunity to explore uncharted literary territory. While offering a skillful critique of extreme forms of our contemporary consumerism and corruption, Nasrallah also goes over the transformation of a man, the main character Rashed, who goes from an idealistic rebel, to a powerful businessman, ultimately transforming into a …

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Nasrallah – an interesting interview for The Arab Edition “In this novel there are aspects of sci-fi, frivolity, fantasy, black comedy and also exoticism.”

An interview conducted by Maan Jalal for The Arab Edition – below an excerpt.
 The Second War of the Dog sees our anti-hero protagonist within a fantasy sci-fi setting. Acting as an opponent to an oppressing regime that cherishes power we see him transform into to an extremist. Parallels are obvious in the novel to what the Arab world has witnessed from social and political unrest over the last few years.

‘I was definitely influenced,’ Nasrallah says, ‘the bloody reality that we have witnessed and lived in for last few years has left …

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Publishing Perspectives, Nasrallah’s The Second Dog War is about “loss of certainty; loss of trust”

By Porter Anderson, for Publishing Perspectives, April 24th, 2018. Below an excerpt.
‘What We Could Become’
The book was first published in Arabic in 2016 by Lebanon-based Arab Scientific Publishers. Rights are represented by Raya Literary Agency. More information, including a sample translation, is available upon request here.
Nasrallah has said that his book is “a warning of what we could become in the future.”

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An overview of Nasrallah’s work and latest book by ArabLit

The full post can be read on ArabLit’s website (published on April 24th, 2018). Below is an excerpt:
Nasrallah — born in a Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan — is no stranger to the IPAF, having been on four of the prize’s 11 longlists. His Ottoman-era historical novel Time of White Horses made the 2009 shortlist, and has since been translated by Nancy Roberts. Nasrallah’s longlisted The Lanterns of the King of Galilee was also translated by Roberts.

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Barakat to Asharq Al-Awsat – “Broaching taboo subjects must be done with respect”

Published by Asharq Al-Awsat, April 2nd, 2018
Barakat to Asharq Al-Awsat “I am comfortable with the frequency of my writing, and am not tempted by promotion”
In her latest novel, The Night Post, Hoda Barakat adopts a new “trick” to immerse the reader in a game of five letters, written by five different senders as confessions to people they will never see again.

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