Countdown to the 2015 International Prize for Arabic Fiction: The Brothers Douaihy


Although Antoine and Jabbour Douaihy have both been previously longlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF), this is the first year siblings have been on the longlist together:

brothersJabbour has been previously shortlisted twice, for June Rain and The Vagrant. The books have made waves both in Arabic and beyond: The English translation of the beautifully constructed June Rain was “highly commended” by this year’s Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation, while the French translation of The Vagrantwon the 2013 ‘Prix de la Jeune Litterature Arabe.’

Antoine — the older brother by a year — was longlisted for the IPAF for the first time last year, for his The Bearer of the Purple Rosewhich ArabLit reviewer Mayyasi described as a novel of tyranny and solitude. The novel, she writes, “moves us strongly to consider whether shying away from engaging in any…

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