By: Aisha Braima
DOHA, QATAR (SUDANOW)- The Sudanese novelist Amir Taj al-Sir is among the five Arab novelists who won the Qatari Arab Novel Award “Katara”, the biggest prize of its kind in the Arab world.
The award was launched last year by the state of Qatar to promote novel writing in the Arab countries and help introduce Arab prominent novelists to the world through translation of their literary works.
Taj al-Sir was awarded the prize, during a ceremony organized late Wednesday in the Qatari capital, for his novel “366” on the category of published novels. Each of the five winners received $60,000. The other four winners are Waseeni al-Aaraj from Algeria, MS. Muneera Swar from Bahrain, Ms. Nasira al-Saasoun from Iraq and Ibrahim Abdulmajeed from Egypt.
By this prize Taj al-Sir consolidated his status as one of the most distinguished novelists in the Arab region as he wrote more than 15 novels within a relatively short time and his works ranked top sale at book exhibitions in the Arab world capitals. His novels have been translated into many languages preparing him to be known worldwide, tracing the road of his uncle the renowned novelist al-Tayeb Salih.
Taj al-Sir was born in northern part of Sudan in 1960, graduated as a physician in Tanta University-Egypt and is currently working in Doha, Qatar. His novel “Saied al-Yaragat”- literally translated “Larvae Hunter”- shortlisted in 2011 for the International Arab Novel Award “Booker”.
Katara prize includes also five awards, $30,000 each, for unpublished novels, and extra $200,000 for one of the winner published novels which could be transferred into a dramatic text besides $100,000 for the unpublished one.
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