Very interesting post!
The Raya Agency, run by Yasmina Jraissati, recently announced six must-translate Arabic titles new to their list:
All six are by established, award-winning Arab authors. Four have been shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF), and the other two — Samar Yazbek and Dima Wannous — were both named to the “Beirut39,” a list of 39 great Arab authors under 40. All but Wannous have previous novels translated into English.
The longlist for the 2017 IPAF has not yet been announced. Depending on the year’s judges, at least some, if not all, should make that list.
Jraissati said that she’s been following the careers of all six writers for many years, so none of the novels came as a surprise for her, but, “This being said, the most radical and bold turn occurs in Samar Yazbek’s latest novel.”
Yazbek has three books in English. One is a novel, Cinnamon, translated by Emily Danby…
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