Pales­tinian wins Mul­taqa Ara­bic Short Story Prize

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KUWAIT: Pales­tinian au­thor Mazen Maarouf won the Al-Mul­taqa Ara­bic Short Story Prize yes­ter­day for the year 2015-16 for his col­lec­tion of short sto­ries, “Jokes for the Gun­men”. The judg­ing panel an­nounced Maarouf as the win­ner in a cer­e­mony held un­der the pa­tron­age of Min­is­ter of Amiri Diwan Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Sabah, among 189 Arab short story writ­ers. Maarouf will get $20,000 in cash, in ad­di­tion to trans­lat­ing of his win­ning short sto­ries into English and French.

Dr Taleb Al-Ri­faee, founder of AlMul­taqa, which was launched last year by the Amer­i­can Univer­sity of Kuwait (AUK) in part­ner­ship with the Cul­tural Cir­cle, said Al-Mul­taqa was a dream that came true, aimed at de­vel­op­ing the art of short sto­ries. The short story is very con­cen­trated and equals the writ­ing of po­ems, he ex­plained. This an­nual prize, he said, aimed at en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to write short sto­ries and main­tain it. Maarouf said the writ­ing of short sto­ries “is an es­sen­tial and ur­gent lit­er­ary need”. “Jokes for the Gun­men” is a sur­re­al­is­tic col­lec­tion of 14 short sto­ries about the re­al­ity of a child liv­ing in a war zone. — KUNA


KUWAIT: The Al-Mul­taqa Ara­bic Short Story Prize for the year 2015-16 is awarded to Pales­tinian au­thor Mazen Maarouf.

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