Raba’i al-Madhoun wins the 2016 IPAF

We are delighted to announce that Raba’i al-Madhoun, author of The Lady from Tel Aviv, has won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2016 for his novel Destinies: Concerto of the Holocaust and the Nakba.

Written in four parts, each representing a concerto movement, al-Madhoun’s Destinies is a sweeping story chronicling the holocaust, the Palestinian exodus from Israel in 1948, and the Palestinian right to return. Commenting on the novel, this year’s Chair of Judges, Amina Thiban, said that it had achieved ‘a new fictional form in order to address the Palestinian issue, with questions of identity underpinned by a very human perspective on the struggle’.

Al-Madhoun’s novel will be translated into English as part of winning the prize, which was established in 2007 to encourage the recognition of high quality Arabic fiction, and lead to increased international readership through translation.