Palestinian short-story author Mazen Marouf has won the Kuwaiti-based Multaqa award for the best Arab short-story collection, after his short story collection titled Nukaat Almusalheen, the jokes of armed people, published by Alkawkab Publishing house in Lebanon.
The panel of judges of the award has announced the winner this year at a ceremony organized at the American University in Kuwait on Monday, December 5.
The award was initiated this year and Marouf was the first winner to be announced.
— Ashraf Aboul-Yazid (@AshrafDali) December 6, 2016
(Translation: The jokes of armed people wins Almultaqa short story award in Kuwait).
The novel, as part of the award, will be translated and published in English and French.
Five short story collections made it to the shortlist this year including ‘Wonderful Reasons to Cry’ by Palestinian Ziaad Kadash.
مبروك للكاتب الفلسطيني مازن معروف فوزه بجائزة القصة القصيرة في الملتقي بدورته الأولى بالكويت عن قصته"نُكات للمسلحين" pic.twitter.com/hKMlqYRVSH
— Dr Lamis (@dr_lamis3) December 5, 2016
(Translation: congratulation to Mazen Marouf, the winner of the Multaqa short story award)
189 contributions from 15 different Arab countries were sent to the judging panel.
Nukaat Almusalheen, the jokes of armed people, is the first short story collection by Mazen Marouf, and it is a collection of 14 short stories he wrote in Iceland, where he is based now, about his experience in Lebanon’s refugee camps for Palestinians, in which he mixes reality, imagination, humor, and tragedy.
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