We are excited to read books that are expertly translated – so that both our English and Arabic readers can get a feel for the true flavor of the work. One good place to turn for this is the Saif Ghobash – Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation. The 2007 winner of this coveted award is Farouk Abel Wahab for his translation of The Lodging House by Khairy Shalaby, Published by the American University in Cairo Press. The runner-up is Marilyn Booth for Thieves in Retirement by Hamdi Abu Golayyel published by Syracuse University Press.
The closing date for 2008 entries of this £2000 annual prize is January 31, 2008 – do you know a translator who should be nominated? More information at: www.banipaltrust.org.uk/prize