Osama Alaysa finds new meanings in madness

A deftly structured psychological novel has won the Sheikh Zayed Book Award’s literature category. Osama Alaysa scooped the prestigious gong for his latest work The Fools of Bethlehem. The Palestinian is in the capital to receive his Dh750,000 cash prize in a ceremony to be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre on Monday at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. “A lot of people have asked me would I change now that I won this award,” says Alaysa. Ironically, despite the newfound expectations that come with winning the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, Alaysa says he has postponed the release of his next book.

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