Banipal announces winner of prestigious Arabic translation literary prize

The winner of Banipal’s prestigious “Arabic Literary Translation Prize” has gone to Harvard translator Kay Heikkinen, for her work on Palestinian author Huzama Habayeb’s novel Velvet. The novel, which tells the story of a woman’s life in a Palestinian refugee camp, has already won multiple awards including winning the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature in 2017, one year after the novel was first published. Speaking of the translation, the judges said: “Hawwa’s story is told in a rich, carefully crafted Arabic that represents a significant challenge for any translator, requiring stamina and re…

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