29 Mar '12, 1am

Lebanese author wins award - omg!

Abu Dhabi: A historical fiction novel by Lebanese author and journalist Rabee Jaber The Druze of Belgrade was named the winning entry for this year’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF). It beat five other contenders to win the coveted literary prize. The story revolves around a poor Lebanese Christian egg seller who is exiled to Belgrade for 12 years after being mistakenly identified as part of a Druze fighting group in 1860s Beirut “I’m very happy to win this prestigious prize, although I hoped to win the last time I was nominated. Perhaps what helped this time around is that the main character is happier,” Jaber told journalists at a conference held on Tuesday evening. He was nominated previously for his novel America, about Syrian expatriates who travelled to America in the early 20th century. Article continues below The winner of this year’s IPAF, now in its...

Full article: http://sfluxe.com/2012/03/29/lebanese-author-wins-award-omg/

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