Youssef Rakha’s ‘Paolo,’ Saad Abdel-Fattah’s ‘Grass’ Win Top Sawiris Prizes of 2017

The second prize was split between:
Marc Amgad’s Anthem of the General
Sherine Fathy’s The Star Shouldn’t Be Fat
Best Scenario by an Established Writer
Islam Azizi’s About Her
Best Scenario by an Emerging Writer
Rasha Ezzat’s The Last of the Mohicans
Best Playwright
First prize went to   Eissa Gamal, for The Last Hour of the Colonel’s Life,   while second went to   Tamer Abdel-Hamid, for Once Upon a Time, O Manikin   and   Yasmin Imam, for One Pair of Shoes Fits All. Samar Nour’s In the Vampire’s House. You can read the collection’s title story, in Humphrey Davies’ excellent translation, online. Rakha’s two previous novels —   Sultan’s Seal   (translated by Paul Starkey) and   Crocodiles   (translated by Robin Moger) are available in translation. On Monday night, one of the glitteriest and most well-respected awards of the Egyptian literature season announced its winners. Second prize was also split between two novels:
Ahmed Shawqy Ali’s Tales of Beauty and Sadness
Mina Hany’s The Place of Your Absence. Best Novel by an Emerging Writer
The first prize was split between two novels. Best Short-story Collection by an Established Author
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Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintLinkedInRedditGoogleTumblrWhatsAppPinterestTelegramPocketSkypeLike this:Like Loading…‹ Syrian Kurdish Poet Golan Haji: ‘It’s Not Easy To Go for What One LovesCategories: Egypt, other literary prizes You can read an excerpt of   Paulo,   in Moger’s translation, online. Saad Abdel-Fattah’s Grass. Among the Sawiris Cultural Prize awardees are Youssef Rakha’s   Paulo   and Mohammad Abdelnaby’s   In the Spider’s Room,   which is set to appear this fall in Jonathan Wright’s translation:
The ceremony, held at the Cairo Opera House, was hosted by popular Egyptian actor Ahmed Helmi. They were:
Amir Zaki’s Suicide Line. Best Short-story Collection by an Emerging Writer
First prize was split between two winners. Mohammed Aladdin’s The   Season of Migration to Arkadia. They were:
Ali Sayed’s A Parallel Woman
Mohamed Abdel-Naby’s   In the Spider’s Room,   forthcoming this fall in Jonathan Wright’s excellent translation. Most of the book-title translations are taken from   Ahram Online:
Best Novel by an Established Author
Youssef Rakha’s   Paulo.