Reference work on history of the Arabic novel wins
2002 Noma Award
The Arabic Novel: Bibliography and Critical Introduction 1865-1995 (6 vols.) by Hamdi Sakkut has won the 23rd Noma
Award for Publishing in Africa. Published by The American University
in Cairo Press, this is the first time that a university press has received
The Jury citation reads:
“This comprehensive bibliography of the Arabic-language
novel is a monumental reference work that fills a gaping hole in the
history of Arabic literature. Covering the most mature novels from Africa
and across the Arab world, it presents a spectacular amount of bibliographic
information, unsurpassed in its scope. The scholarship is both rigorous
and daring, opening new research agendas in the field.”
Two South African titles received special commendation:
Regions of Floristic Endemism in Southern Africa by Abraham van Wyk
and Gideon Smith (Gauteng, SA: Umdaus Press (Pty) Ltd) and Rock Paintings
of South Africa: Revealing a Legacy by Stephen Townley Bassett (Claremont:
David Philip Publishers).
Three first novels were cited for honourable mention:
Parched Earth by Elieshi Lema (Dar es Salaam: E&D Ltd), Slagoffers
by Dine van Zyl (Cape Town: Tafelberg Publishers), and Welcome to our
Hillbrow by Phaswane Mpe (University of Natal Press).
Ninety-four titles were submitted by 56 African
publishers, covering 18 countries and six languages. The jury was chaired
by Tanzanian publisher Walter Bgoya, and included Luli Callinicos, South
African scholar and historian, Dr Ato Quayson, Director of Cambridge
University’s African Studies Centre, and Mary Jay, Secretary to
the Noma Award. The award is sponsored by Kodansha Ltd, Japan.
For further information contact Mary Jay, Secretary
to the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa, PO Box 128, Witney, Oxon
OX8 5XU, UK. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
[BPN no 31, 2002, p. 15.]
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