Shortlisted titles under “Translation” and “Young Author”

Abu Dhabi,

the Arab World’s most prestigious book award announced the second batch of its shortlisted candidates with six more titles selected under “Translation” and “Young Author”. This comes second in line following the first announcement last week for shortlisted books in "Contribution to the Development of Nations” and “Literary and Art Criticism” award categories. “The Award’s Scientific Committee convened to review the judges reports. Qualified titles were carefully selected out of a total of 114 nominations in the Translation category and 298 submissions in Young Author”, Dr. Ali Bin Tamim, Sheikh Zayed Book Award’s Secretary General, elaborated. The “Translation” category included translations from works in English, French and German as well as works translated from Arabic to English, these were shortlisted to three books, including: 'Mahmoud Darwish: Absent Presence' by Dr. Mohammad Shaheen from Jordan, translated from the Arabic version. Published by Hesperus Press Limited, 2010. 'A Brief History of Justice', translated by Mustafa Nasser from Iraq (Authored by David Johnston) and published by the National Council for Culture, Arts and Literature in Kuwait, 2012. 'Being and Time', translated by Fathi al-Maskini from Tunisia and published by Dar al Kitab Al Jadid , Beirut 2012. The original title is 'Sein und Zeit' for the German Philosopher Martin Heidegger. Three more books were named under “Young Author” including: 'Nawares Che Guevara' (The Seagulls of Che Guevara) by Mariam Al Saa’di from UAE (published by Athar Publishing House, Dammam 2012) 'Falsafat Jeel Deleuze' (Deleuze philosophy on Existentialism and Difference) by Adel Hadjami from Morocco, published by Dar Toubkal, Casablanca 2012. 'Mazaher al I'tiqad' (A study of popular beliefs in Egypt) by AbdulHakim Sayyed from Egypt, published by General Egyptian Book Authority, Cairo 2012. This announcement will be followed by a few more over the coming weeks for the rest of the selected contenders across the award’s categories, collectively worth seven million UAE dirhams. The seventh session witnessed a record of nominations amounting to 1262 across the Award’s nine categories – doubling over last session’s record. The nominations were earlier filtered down to 54 long-listed titles, of which 6 books were under “Translation” and 9 under “Young Author”. The full list of winners is scheduled for announcement in a press conference on April 2, 2013, to be followed by the Award’s Ceremony, celebrating the winning achievements, on April 28, 2013.