Two Difaf publications make the Arabic Fiction shortlist


Two books published by Difaf Publications have been shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2016, the "leading prize for literary fiction in the Arab world".

″The Guard of the Dead″, a new perspective on the Lebanese Civil War through the eyes of a hospital undertaker by George Yaraq and ″A Sky Close to Our House″, which features the memories of Syria’s past from the viewpoint of a Syrian woman now living in exile by Shahla Ujayli are the two titles by Difaf Publications which make the prize shortlist.

Also shortlisted are debut novel ″Numedia″ (Dar al-Adab) by Tareq Bakeri, ″Destinies: Concerto of the Holocaust and the Nakba″ (Maktabat Kul Shee), a four-part novel by Rabai al-Madhoun, ″Mercury″ (Dar Tanweer) by Mohamed Rabi and ″Praise for the Women of the Family″ (Hachette Antoine) by Mahmoud Shukair.

Now in its ninth year, the International Prize for Arabic Fiction is run with the support of the Booker Prize Foundation in London and is funded by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) in the UAE.    (

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