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A Mask, the Colour of the Sky wins 2024 International Prize for Arabic Fiction

by | Apr 30, 2024 | News

 

 

A Mask, the Colour of the Sky has clinched the prestigious 2024 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF). Basim Khandaqji’s masterpiece was announced as the victor during the annual award ceremony in Abu Dhabi, with Chair of Judges Nabil Suleiman revealing the triumphant selection from 133 competing titles. The ceremony, also broadcasted online, marked a momentous occasion for Arabic literature.

 

The narrative unfolds around a profound symbol: the “mask” represented by an Israeli identity card discovered by the protagonist, Nur, an archaeologist residing in a Ramallah refugee camp. This discovery propels Nur into a journey of self-discovery, weaving a rich tapestry of history and identity against the backdrop of political turmoil. Rana Idriss, representing Khandaqji’s publishing house Dar al-Adab, graciously accepted the award on the author’s behalf.

 

Nabil Suleiman, Chair of the Judging panel, praised the novel’s innovative approach, blending personal narratives with political discourse. The narrative explores the complexities of identity, consciousness, and societal oppression with profound empathy. Professor Yasir Suleiman, Chair of the Board of Trustees, highlighted the novel’s captivating narrative, which delves into themes of victimhood, trauma, and the quest for liberation amidst modern-day Palestine.

 

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