‘Best Arabic Novel Award’ at This Year’s Sharjah Book Fair Goes to Banned ‘The Taste of the Wolf’

Al-Busais’s previous novel, Stray Memories, was also banned. The novel was banned in Kuwait, according   to Kuwaiti novelist Bothayna al-Essa, because it contains words like “pee,” as the protagonist pees down his leg.  

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Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintLinkedInRedditGoogleTumblrWhatsAppPinterestTelegramPocketSkypeLike this:Like Loading…‹ The Good, the Better, and the Brilliant: Highlights from the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature Judges PanelCategories: other literary prizes For the year’s “Best Arabic Novel Award,” judges at the Sharjah International Book Fair chose Kuwaiti novelist   Abdullah al-Busais’s   The Taste of the Wolf   (2016):
The novel is set in the desert, and the wolf is both character and metaphor for the behaviors of men. يبارك نادي فصيح للروائي الكويتي عبدالله البصيص فوز روايته #طعم_الذئب بجائزة أفضل رواية عربية في #معرض_الشارقة_الدولي_للكتاب 2017 pic.twitter.com/6GCbD0Gfcr
— نادي فصيح (@faseeh_club) November 4, 2017

The winning book, according to the prize guidelines,   must be “new and unique in its field” and not have won a previous literary award. Despite being well-received and reviewed,   The Taste of the Wolf   did not make the International Prize for Arabic Fiction longlist.