Egyptian Mohamed Abdel-Nabi wins French Prize for Arabic Literature – Books

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Egyptian writer Mohamed Abdel-Nabi, second from left, upon receiving his award

Egyptian writer Mohamed Abdel-Nabi won the “Prize for Arabic literature translated into French” for his novel “In the spider’s room”.

The novel was translated into French by Gilles Gauther and published by ACTES SUD / Sindbad editions.

The prize, created in 2013, is awarded by the Institut du monde arabe in Paris and the Jean-Luc Lagardère foundation.

The novel was originally published in Arabic in Cairo in 2016 by Dar Al-Ain and was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arab Fiction, known as the Arab Booker.

The novel is based on the actual 2001 raid by police on the Cairo Queen Boat cruise ship, which was an alleged hangout for gay men.

The prize of 10,000 euros was awarded to the Lebanese novelist Jabbour El-Douaihy in 2013, to the Egyptian Mohamed El-Fakharany in 2014, to the Saudi Mohamed Hassan Elwan in 21 years, to the Iraqi Inaam Kachachi in 2017 and to the Iraqi Sinan Anton in 2017.

Mohamed Abdel-Nabi, born 1977, graduated with a BA in Languages ​​and Translation from the Department of English and Simultaneous Translation at Al-Azhar University and is currently working as a freelance translator.

He has published five short stories, a short story titled Imprisoned Phantoms (2000) and the novel The Return of the Sheikh (2011), which was shortlisted for the 2013 International Prize for Arab Fiction.

In 2010, his collection of short stories, The Phantom of Anton Chekhov, won the Sawiris Literature Prize.

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