International prize for Arabic fiction turns to Iraq

Ahmed Saadawi becomes first Iraqi to win the ‘Arabic Booker’ for Frankenstein in Baghdad: The Guardian

Ahmad Saadawi

Success for ‘what’s-its-name’ … Ahmad Saadawi accepting the IPAF

Iraqi novelist Ahmed Saadawi has won the Arab world’s most prestigious prize, the International prize for Arabic fiction, beating five other writers from around the Arab world.

Thousands, or perhaps tens of thousands, waited on the IPAF announcement, which was a highlight of the Abu Dhabi festival this week. Some thought Syrian novelist Khaled Khalifa’s grim No Knives in the Kitchens of This City would take the prize, and many were rooting for popular Egyptian novelist Ahmed Mourad’s Blue Elephant.

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