Jordanian writer Jalal Barjas received a prestigious Abu Dhabi-funded Arabic fiction award on Tuesday for his novel “Bookshop’s Notebooks.”
Barjas will obtain $ 50,000 and funds may also be offered to translate his ebook into English, organizers of the Worldwide Arab Fiction Prize mentioned on its web site.
Printed by the Arab Institute for Analysis and Publications, “Cuadernos del librero” recounts the expertise of a ebook lover with schizophrenia and the crimes he commits when he assumes the id of the characters within the novels he reads.
Born in 1970, Barjas has printed two collections of poetry, in addition to a collection of novels and quick tales which have received a number of awards.
“The writer presents us with the darkest portraits of destitution and poverty, the place that means has been misplaced and hope uprooted, turning life right into a kingdom of nightmares,” mentioned Chawki Bazih, chairman of the award’s judging panel. .
“Regardless of this, the novel doesn’t name for despair. Somewhat, by means of it, the writer is saying that reaching the depths of ache is a essential situation for locating new desires and waking up as soon as once more with hope over a firmer floor. “
“Cuadernos del librero” was chosen from a brief checklist of six novels. The opposite 5 authors, from Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia, will every obtain $ 10,000, organizers mentioned.
One of many seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi has turn out to be an more and more necessary cultural heart and is house to the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum.