TOPIC 2015 International Prize for Arabic Fiction
The Italian: Some insights, but homophobia and misogyny galore
Ismail Fayed | When it is not maligning women and LGBT characters, The Italian is insightful on the contemporary history
99 floors down: Jana Elhassan’s IPAF-shortlisted novel disappoints
Ismail Fayed | Jana Elhassan's bodice-ripping Floor 99 makes Ismail Fayed wonder about the criteria by which works are
The ecstatic madness of the Mahdiyya
Ismail Fayed | If the novel should be called out for its superficial dabbling with mysticism and a problematic premise,
Impressed by a novel about compromised idealism in Tunisia
Sherif Abdel Samad | Shukri Mabkhout’s first novel starts with a bizarre tomb scene in which the main character beats to
Writing the Impossible in Gaza: A Suspended Life
Ismail Fayed | Ismail Fayed reviews another IPAF shortlisted novel, this time Atef Abu Seif's 400-page fifth novel,
Threadbare narratives: Lina Hawyan al-Hassan’s Diamonds and Women
Ismail Fayed | Part fashion memoir, part historical research and part literary snippets, Diamonds and Women reconstructs
Damning portrait: A review of Mumar al-Safsaf
Ismail Fayed | Ismail Fayed is reading and reviewing the six novels shortlisted for the 2015 International Prize for