On December 9th, 2008 the names of six novels in the shortlist of the 2009 “International Prize for Arabic Fiction” (Arabic Booker) were announced in London, following meeting of the prize jury in London.
The shortlisted works include: “Hunger” by Mohammed Al Bisatti (Egyptian); “The Scents of Marie Claire” by the Al Habib Al Salmi (Tunisian); “The Unfaithful translator” by Fawwaz Haddad (Syrian); “The American Granddaughter” by the Iraqi Inaam Kachachi; “Time of White Horses” by the Palestinian Ibrahim Nasrallah and “Azazil” by Youssef Zidane (Egyptian).
The six works were selected out of 121 nominated works. Each shortlisted writer receives 10,000 US dollars, and the writer of the winning novel, which will be announced on March 16, 2009 in Abu Dhabi, shall receive 50,000 US dollars.
The Jury, chaired by Lebanese critic Yomna Al Eid, included Emarati Mohammed Al Mur, Jordanian Fakhri Saleh, Professor of Modern Literature in British University of Exeter Rashid Al Ani and German translator Hartmut Fendrich.
The award organization was announced in 2007 jointly by the Emirates Foundation and the British Booker Prize. The 2008 prize went to “Sunset Oasis” by Egyptian novelist Baha Taher.