The Banipal Trust for Arab Literature

The 2019 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation

The Award 2019 RHS Content

There are 16 entries for the 2019 Prize. They comprize 15 novels and 1 poetry collection. One author, Mahmoud Shukair has two entries, and one translator, Jonathan Wright, also has two entries.


Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi, translated by Marilyn Booth (Sandstone Press Ltd, June 2018)
My Name is Adam: Children of the Ghetto, Volume I by Elias Khoury, translated by Humphrey Davies (MacLehose Press, UK / Archipelago Books, US)
Jerusalem Stands Alone by Mahmoud Shukair, translated by Nicole Fares (Syracuse University Press, April 2018)
After Coffee by Abdelrashid Mahmoudi, translated by Nashwa Gowanlock (Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press, May 2018)


A Sky So Close to Us by Shahla Ujayli, translated by Michelle Hartman (Interlink Books, March 2019)

Printed in Beirut by Jabbour Douaihy, translated by Paula Haydar, (Interlink Books, August 2018)

All That I Want to Forget by Bothayna Al-Essa, translated by Michele Henjum (Hoopoe Fiction, December 2018)

The Fetishists by Ibrahim al-Koni, translated by William M. Hutchins (Center for Middle Eastern Studies/UT Press, November 2018)


The Law of Inheritance by Yasser Abdellatif, translated by Robin Moger (Seagull Books, August 2018)

Death is Hard Work by Khaled Khalifa, translated by Leri Price (Faber & Faber, March 2019)

A Cloudy Day on the Western Shore by Mohamed Mansi Qandil, translated by Barbara Romaine (Syracuse University Press, October 2018)

Praise for the Women of the Family by Mahmoud Shukair, translated by Paul Starkey  (Interlink Books, March 2019)


States of Passion by Nihad Sirees, translated by Max Weiss (Pushkin Press, September 2018)

Where the Bird Disappeared by Ghassan Zaqtan, translated by Samuel Wilder (Seagull Books, July 2018)

In the Spider’s Room by Mohamed Abdel-Nabi, translated by Jonathan Wright (Hoopoe Fiction, September 2018)

Jokes for the Gunmen by Mazen Maarouf, translated by Jonathan Wright (Granta Books, January 2019).