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In November 2009 the International Prize for Arabic Fiction organised a workshop for eight critically acclaimed writers from Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates.
This bilingual volume brings together the pieces produced during the workshop, showcasing the creativity of a younger generation of Arab writers.
A range of styles and themes are explored: from Egyptian social realism to a tale from the deserts of Darfur, a grim Tunisian allegory, family drama in Saudi Arabia, and a story about home and exile in Sana’a.
Emerging Arab Voices represents some of the best work by contemporary writers in the Arab world today.
About the Contributors
Peter Clark is a Middle East specialist and former Cultural Attaché at the British Council. He has translated fiction, history, drama and poetry from Arabic since 1980. Peter has lived and worked in seven Arab countries, is a Trustee of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction and a contributing editor of Banipal.
‘A well chosen collection of some of the best Arab writers I have come across, with a broad spectrum of themes … and beautifully rendered into English.’
'If one is to judge by the writing in Emerging Arab Voices many high quality Arab novels are in the process of being born.'