“Ribat Al Mutanabi” by Hassan Aourid, published by the editions of the Arab Cultural Center, was chosen alongside 15 other novels, selected from a total of 128 works, as stated in a press release.
The long list of this award, consisting of 50,000 USD, includes novels by writers from nine countries, namely Morocco, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Algeria, l ‘Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, and Egypt.
These novels, published during the period from July 2018 to June 2019 tackle themes related to the Arab world today, the history of the Arab region and its rich heritage. They also describe the current state of certain Arab cities like Aleppo, Algiers or Rabat.
The long list of the Booker Prize was chosen by a jury of five members, chaired by Mohcine Jassem Al Moussaoui, Iraqi critic, and professor of Arab and Comparative Studies at the American University of Columbia. Created in Abu Dhabi, the award is supported by the Booker Prize Foundation in London and funded by the Tourism and Culture Authority of Abu Dhabi.