A literary prize fight: politics and the International Prize for Arabic Fiction – The National Newspaper

A great article on the Arab booker prize entitled A literary prize fight articulates indirectly what is really wrong with the Middle East. It is all hear: mistrust over corruption (wasta), conspiracy theories going wild, strong nationalist sentiments, resignation, disorganisation.

the literary community has been polarised into pro- and anti-Booker factions, ensuring that future rounds will continue to be clouded by suspicion, particularly over the nomination of younger writers whose reputations have not yet been established.

Yes, that is right. The Popular Committee for the Arab Booker is coming to an Arab city near you soon!


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