Two Moroccan authors are in the running for the International Prize for Arab Fiction 2021. Among the 16 books selected, “Le dossier 42” by Abdelmajid Sebbata, published by the Arab Cultural Center, and “life of butterflies” by Youssef Fadel, published by the Mediterranean publications.
121 novels competed for this prize with an envelope of $ 50,000. The writers in the competition are between 31 and 75 years old and represent 11 countries.
The novels tackle issues related to the reality of the Arab world, the suffering of Iraq, the proliferation of extremist groups and the status of women in the Arab world.
To decide between them, a jury chaired by the Lebanese poet, Chawki Bazih surrounded by Safaa Jabran,professor of modern Arabic language and literature at the University of São Paulo in Brazil, Mohamed Ait Hanna, Moroccan writer and translator, teacher of philosophy at the Regional Center for Education and Training in Casablanca, Ali El-Moqri, Yemeni writer twice nominated for the Arab Novel Prize, Aicha Soltan, Emirati writer and journalist. She is also vice-president of the UAE Writers Union.
Created in Abu Dhabi and funded by the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, The International Prize for Arabic Fiction, delivered by the Booker prize foundation, is the most prestigious accolade in the Arab literary world.