For his novel ‘Majaneen bait lahem (The Fools of Bethlehem)’. Published by Nofal- Hachette Antoine .
Alaysa is an author and journalist from Bethlehem, Palestine. He worked for numerous Arab and regional newspapers, as well as published three novels, two collections of short stories and seven research studies on Palestinian history.
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The book was awarded because “The novel emerges as a unique literary creation that narrates the history of the place, traces the changes it went through by using the motif of madness in a way that reflects an entire intellectual period in the Arab World. The work finds inspiration in the traditional narrative forms as such as those of the Arabian Nights and makes use of the more recent narrative techniques, perceptively linking history and reportage, and mixing realistic presentation with magical realism. The wealth of character types and of subsidiary tales harmonizes beautifully with the main narrative line.