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Literature Prizes * جوائز أدبية

Man Booker  International prize:  Jokha Alharthi wins  for Celestial Bodies  [Also: Jokha Al Harthi  About me · ‎Novels · ‎Short Stories  ‎News] Jokha ALharthi 2019

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الجائزة العالمية للرواية العربية

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The annual International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) is given to a novel in Arabic which IPAF's judges consider to be the best of that year. The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF), modelled on the internationally acclaimed Man Booker Prize, is the most prestigious and important literary prize in the Arab world. Its aim is to reward excellence in contemporary Arabic creative writing and to encourage the readership of high quality Arabic literature internationally through the translation and publication of winning and shortlisted novels in other major languages. 


الفلسطيني ربعي المدهون يفوز بالجائزة العالمية للرواية العربية «بوكر» 2016

April 26, 2016

لندن- «القدس العربي»: توّجت رواية «مصائر»: كونشرتو الهولوكوست والنكبة»، للفلسطيني ربعي المدهون، أمس الثلاثاء، بالجائزة العالمية للرواية العربية «بوكر» 2016، وقيمتها 50 ألف دولار أمريكي، إضافة إلى ترجمة العمل للغة الإنكليزية.

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Tayeb Salih الطيب صالح‎; 12 July 1929 – 18 February 2009

Arabic Graphic Novel * روايات مصورة عربية

روايات مصورة عربية

Arab Graphic Novels and Comics from the Middle East - Goodreads

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Nineteen graphic novels set in the Middle East - The National

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10 Graphic Novels From & About The Arab World — afikra | عفكرة

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Five of the best Arab comic and graphic novels 

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Middle East and Maghreb Graphic Novels - Goodreads

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The Apartment in Bab El-Louk

The Apartment in Bab el-Louk by Donia Maher and Ganzeer - Words Without  Borders“How similar yet different we all are.”

A blue door graces the front cover of the graphic novel, The Apartment in Bab el-Louk, written by Donia Maher and illustrated by Ganzeer. It earned the title the’ noir of Arab graphic novels.’ The novel has been described as a “fabulous noir poem,” and it is unique because it doesn’t fit any narrative styles or genre norms (?). The artist chose to focus more on art and on little details, the glossy pages of the novel features aesthetic portraits of everyday Cairo.

“In just 84 pages, downtown Cairo comes to life in all its messy glory.” (Bookblast). 

The novel is revealing it gives readers an intimate look inside apartment Bab el-Louk. Right in the middle of Downtown Cairo where one can easily forget each other, caught in the bustle and roaring of the busy city there is a stillness in each apartment, a recluse from the outside world (a refugee from the outside).

As readers flip through the pages of the novel, they are introduced to a new apartment with new strangers (each page is a new apartment with new strangers) and get an inside look on their private world. It almost feels like prying. The intimacy is meant to offer a new perspective that despite our close proximity we are world apart. The apartments are personal and each item is an expression of the resident’s character, personality. and life experiences. Though the items are the same, every person that uses it is different and has their own unique story. The novel is a reminder of how we tend to forget that those around us are like us, they are human too.

Surprisingly, the novel was published as an experiment and won the Kahil Award for Best Graphic Novel in 2015. The novel is an immersive experience as the beauty of Cairo is presented to readers on glossy pages and aesthetic portraits, exploring the city’s richness, from the rich to the poor, to the young and the old.

The Apartment in Bab el-Louk by Donia Maher and Ganzeer - Words Without  Borders

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The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees

How does it feel to be unwanted, to have no home or future, nowhere to turn to? Syrian refugees are caught between two harsh realities, having no home and feeling like they don’t belong. The novel is a must read its as if you are walking in their shoes. After escaping war and losing everything Syrians must deal with the mental and physical toll of war. There is the mental strain of invisibility, being casted aside and ignored, feeling unwanted, and having been forced to leave their home, combined with the physical toll of fleeing day to day, traveling long distances, starving, suffering from sleep deprivation and exhaustion. These are some examples they had to deal with, having travelled from their turmoiled home to a safer one. Where can Syrian Refugees go to for help if no one wants to offer a lending hand.

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast » Blog Archive » The Unwanted

This graphic novel was published in 2018, at the height of the Syrian refugee crisis. Syrians at the time were dealing with the world turning their backs on them, at first they were welcomed with open arms but the problems of overpopulation, funding, resources and a growing resentment of natives dealing with a never-ending flood of people overtook the beginning sentiments of compassion, and willingness to help. Europeans and North Americans were blinded by fear and politics and the resentment and hostility began to bubble towards Syrian refugees in their homeland. Slowly refugees began to feel unwanted and like a problem.

The graphic novel is a gold mine because it is “shining a light on the stories of the survivors,” they are more than refugees but humans. The readers are given an intimate look on how does it feel to be a refugee, especially a Syrian refugee at the height of global media attention, and an ever- growing hate.

The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees: 9780358452140: Brown, Don,  Brown, Don: Books -

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Where to, Marie?

Where to, Marie?” - Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung

This graphic novel is a must-read, it stresses an important topic of women in Lebanon and their plight against sexism and fight for equality. The women in the novel are not in favor of westernization but to be liberated in their own way, to be liberated the Lebanese way. They yearn to be free of sexism but without losing their Arab identity claiming that feminism is not a western ideology, but is “indigenous to Arab society.”

The stories are refreshing and it is a new perspective on the plight of women, not what we think Arab women go through, but what they actually go through. The novel focuses on the life of the stories of 5 fictional characters and the stories are based on research done between 2010- 2015, a collection of personal stories of Lebanese women from different generations.

The novel also offers a fresh perspective on the Lebanese civil war and its effect on women. The novel is intense as it is aesthetic, showing the real complexity of issues told by women and not men. Each woman offers a unique perspective on what’s it like being a female in Lebanon as they share their values, perceptions on Lebanese society and their opinion on Arab norms, culture, and customs.

Where to, Marie?': Lebanese comic book tells forgotten stories of country's  feminist struggle | Middle East Eye

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Only in Dubai: An Essential Guide to the Emirate’s Expats

The graphic novel Only in Dubai: An Essential Guide to the Emirate’s Expats, sheds light on the life for expiates living in Dubai. There is more to Dubai than meets the eye, it is more than its luxury, it is more about its people, culture, and different way of living. Each expat shares their personal story of what its like living in this man-made desert city. The novel entertains its audience with different experiences, expats who love Dubai and those that don’t and it is twenty chapters of pure bliss, comedy and authenticity.

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Poppies of Iraq

Poppies of Iraq: 9781770462939: Findakly, Brigitte, Trondheim, Lewis,  Dascher, Helge: Books -

Poppies of Iraq, is a graphic novel detailing the life of an orthodox Christian family growing up in Saddam era Iraq. This graphic novel is an intimate account, offering sparing details of the main character’s childhood and what it was like living as a Christian in Iraq. The main character illuminates the readers on everyday life, from its cultural practices, education system, to its treatment of Orthodox Christians. Saddam’s regime, becoming oppressive over time, changed the life for not only her and her family but millions as the country shifted from a secular country with years of peaceful co-existence between faiths and peoples, to a country riddled with sectarian fighting. With Iraq’s stability falling down the rabbit hole and worsening as separatist fighters are hung in public, she is forced her family to leave with her family.

After her family escape to Paris, author Brigitte feels lost and she feeling like she doesn’t belong in Paris. Having feeling estranged in her homeland and not feeling like she belongs in her new land, she is forced to find meaning in a home that is not her own.

Poppies of Iraq review – the ruins of a lost childhood | Books | The  Guardian

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The Arab of the Future = L’Arabe du futur

Vous n'avez encore rien vu" : la tête pleine de projets, Riad Sattouf  publie l'ultime tome de "L'Arabe du futur"

The Arab of the Future, L’Arabe du futur, is an award-winning graphic novel written and drawn by French- Syrian Riad Sattoufm. It is a memoire, (detailed narrative of life under Arab dictators),, an intimate illustration of Sattouf’s childhood to his adult life, 1970s-1990s. Having grown up in France, Libya, and Syria he recounts the feelings he had from each country.

His father calls him Arab of the future, raising his son with ideals in hopes of becoming a better Arab. In his childhood, he travels from Syria, to Libya, to France, and back again to Syria. He must deal with the frustrations of being half white and half Syrian; him being a kid with blonde hair gets him bullied by other children. Throughout his personal journey, he grew up with two clashing ideals, French secular ones and Arab conservatism. He witnessed first hand the oppression of people from authoritarian governments.

Riad Sattouf and The Arab of the Future - Frenchly

Throughout the novel, symbolism is pertinent, and the author uses colors to represent meaning. The color red symbolizes anything dangerous or violent, and any speech that is loud. Non-verbal noises are green. What is odd is certain countries mean specific colors, France is blue, Libya is yellow, Syria is pink.

Riad Sattouf, L'Arabe du futur 1 (2020, 34). © Allary Éditions | Download  Scientific Diagram

The graphic novel has garnered international attention and has been translated into sixteen languages. The book focuses on his father, his change from an idealist to authoritarian, and his changing perception from young Sattouf to older Sattouf. The novel is a journey of how life’s event has shifted his perception and ideals.

Anthologies * Collections

Arabic Fiction: a Bilbiography

Arabian Folklore: 7 Myths And Legends Of The Arab World  [From Harper’s Bazaar Arabia’s September 2021 issue ]

Traditional Arab Folktales


رواية :  مجلة تعنى بشؤون الرواية العربية. Riwayah.  Publisher by Mu’assasat Sutur al-Thaqafiyah, Baghdad.  Quarterly published - Issue # 1, first season (June 2017)



الرواية :   قضايا وآفاق :مجلة فصلية تعني بالإبداع الروائي المحلي والعالمي / تحرير مدحت الجيار

al-Riwāyah : qaḍāyā wa-āfāq : majallah faṣlīyah tuʻná bi-al-ibdaʻ al-riwāʼī al-maḥallī wa-al-ʻālamī / ǂc [taḥrīr Midḥat al-Jayyār]. القاهرة : الهيئة المصرية العامة للكتاب، -<2014>

Arabic Novel In Translation: Reading List  * الرواية العربية المترجمة: قائمة القراءة  

قائمة أفضل مئة رواية عربية - ويكيبيديا


Essays, Criticism & Interpretation

       هل نجحت الرواية الخليجية في تفكيك الخطاب العنصري؟

خطاب العنصرية في الرواية الخليجية... الهامش والمهمّش

منعطفات الرواية العربيّة. . منذ النكسة حتى احتلال العراق ... - مجلة الفيصل

هل أصبحت أسماء الروايات العربية الجديدة فخاخا لاصطياد ... - صحيفة العرب

 - الرواية العربية: الإبداع وكسر التابوهات

العرب والرواية التركية.. متى نتخلى عن الوسيط الأوروبي؟ | نون بوست

مجلة فكر الثقافية - الغرب ونشأة الرواية العربية

العمارة والمدينة والرواية - تحليل العمران المصري والعربي في الإبداع الروائي المعاصر

"الرواية النسوية خارج فضاءات الوطن" يناقش الأدب النسوي العراقي