By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 25 March 2015:
Ibrahim Al-Koni has become the first Libyan writer to be named to the shortlist for . . .[restrict]the UK-based Man Booker International prize.
The Man Booker International prize is awarded every other year to an author who has published fiction in English or whose body of work is available by translation in English. The prize recognises an author’s body of work over a lifetime. The separate Man Booker Prize is awarded yearly for a specific work of fiction. There is a £60,000 (LD 122,000) prize for the winner.
Al-Koni, born in Ghadames and of Tuareg origin, is known for his novels set in the Libyan desert where he grew up. He has written over 60 novels, short stories and poems, many of which have been translated into English and other languages. Some of his most well-known translated novels include Anubis, The Seven Veils of Seth, Gold Dust, and The Bleeding of the Stone. His works have won him numerous Arab and International awards.
The winner of the Man Booker International Prize will be announced on 19 May. [/restrict]