Palestinian novel wins International Prize for Arabic Fiction.


A novel about Palestinian life in occupation and exile by Rabai al-Madhoun has won the ninth $50,000 International Prize for Arabic Concerto of the Holocaust and the Nakba, published by Maktabat Kul Shee (Haifa, Palestine), was named the winner by this year's chairperson of Judges, Emirati poet and academic Amina Thiban, at a ceremony in Abu Dhabi. In addition to winning $50,000 (34,270.75 [pounds sterling]), al-Madhoun is guaranteed an English translation of his novel, as well as an "increase in book sales and international recognition", the organisers have said.

A "pioneering" novel written in four parts, Destinies chronicles Palestinian life both in occupation and exile. Each part represents a concerto movement with the novel examining the holocaust, the Palestinian exodus from Israel in 1948 (known as the nakba) and the Palestinian right to return. The work examines everyday Palestinian life, telling the story of Palestinians living under occupation and compelled to assume Israeli nationality, as well as exiled Palestinians trying to return to their now-occupied home country. Al-Madhoun, who was born in Palestine but is now a British citizen, lives and works in London as an editor for Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

This is the 70-year-old author's third novel. His 2010 novel, The Lady from Tel Aviv, was shortlisted for the 2010 International Prize for Arabic Fiction. It was...

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