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  • Welcome to ALT Magazine & Press: Hazawi Prize Announces 2023 Shortlist: (Sana'a, Yemen) - The shortlist for the 2023 Hazawi Prize for Yemeni Literature has been revealed, announcing the ten writers who have been selected as finalists for this prestigious award.
  • Now in its second yearly round, the Hazawi Prize recognizes exceptional contributions to fiction in Yemeni literature. Organized by the Hazawi Cultural Foundation, this annual prize aims to promote Yemeni literature and support creative writers.
  • This year's shortlist features both emerging and renowned Yemeni authors. The ten works advancing to the final round of judging are:
  • - Abdullah Faisal shortlisted for his novel, Spirits and Secrets.
  • - Aisha Saleh shortlisted for her novel, Under the Ashes
  • - Farouk Merish shortlisted for his novel, A Dignified Stranger
  • - Ahmed Ashraf shortlisted for his novel, A Painful Belt
  • - Ghassan Khalid shortlisted for his novel, A Sky that Rains Fear
  • - Hosam Adel shortlisted for his novel, The Lord of the Black Dog
  • - Asmaa Abdulrazak shortlisted for her novel, Shrapnels
  • - Abdullah Abdu Muhammad shortlisted for his novel, The Road to Sana'a
  • - Najah Bahkeim shortlisted for her novel, The Final Decision
  • - Samir AbdulFattah shortlisted for her novel, What We Cannot See
  • The winner will be revealed at an award ceremony in Sana'a later where they will receive $1,500 USD. Second and third prizes of $1,000 USD each will also be awarded. All shortlisted works are celebrated for chronicling Yemen's rich culture and wartime experiences. This prestigious prize continues highlighting the nation's thriving literary community.

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Unveiling Yemeni Womanhood: A Feminist Critique of Patriarchal Structures in Nadia Al-Kawkabani’s My Sana’a

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Tradition and Modernity in Yemeni Literature: A Critical Analysis of Hamid Oqabi’s The Yemeni Stallion

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Rereading the Egyptian Film “Escape to the Top”

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Navigating the Poetic Landscape: A Critical Examination of Access to Meaning, Preference, and the Question of Genre

Navigating the Poetic Landscape: A Critical Examination of Access to Meaning, Preference, and the Question of Genre by Hatem Al-Shamea …

Exploring the Complexities of Power, Identity, and Conflict in Al-Gharbi Emran’s”Hisn al-Zaidi”

Exploring the Complexities of Power, Identity, and Conflict in Al-Gharbi Emran’s “Hisn al-Zaidi” by Hatem Al-Shamea Introduction “Hisn al-Zaidi,” a …

Lost Memories and Enduring Struggles: A Critical Analysis of Fatima Wahidi’s “The Second-To-Last Picture”

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Unraveling Mysticism and Identity in Rural Egypt – An Analysis of Majdi Jaafar’s Diaspora

Unraveling Mysticism and Identity in Rural Egypt – An Analysis of Majdi Jaafar’s Diaspora  by Hatem Al-Shamea Introduction “Diaspora” (“الشتات”) …

Media’s Colonization of Culture:  How Decolonizing Perspectives Offer Insight

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The Wa’l [Ibex] Rises: Reclaiming Yemeni Identity through an Ancient Symbol – Hatem Al-Shamea

The Wa’l [Ibex] Rises: Reclaiming Yemeni Identity through an Ancient Symbol From the sun-baked sands of Hadhramaut to the terraced …

Revisiting the Yemeni Revolution in Suhair Assamman’s “Behind the Walls of Memory. – Hatem Al-Shamea

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Psychological Analysis of Memory and Trauma in Mayasa Al-Nakhlani’s “I Named Her Fatima” by Hatem Al-Shamea

Psychological Analysis of Memory and Trauma in Mayasa Al-Nakhlani’s “I Named Her Fatima” by Hatem Al-Shamea Introduction The novel “I …

Exploring the Fragile Tapestry of Memory: An Analysis of Entesar Asseri’s ‘Memory’ – by Hatem Al-Shamea

“Memory” The short story “Memory” written by the Yemeni short story writer, Entesar Asseri, invites readers into a world characterized …

Exploring the Intimacy of Historical and Urban Life: A Critical Analysis of Hanan Al-Qubaisi’s Award-Winning Oil Painting – by Hatem Al-Shamea

Introduction: Hanan Al-Qubaisi’s oil painting, which won the 2020 ICESCO Prize, offers a poignant portrayal of Yemen’s tragic descent into …

Fractured Bonding: A Psychoanalytic Reading of Paternal Absence in Raya Ahmed’s “A Husband for My Mother” – by Hatem Al-Shamea

Introduction Raya Ahmed’s short story “A Husband for My Mother” offers a poignant exploration of the lingering effects of paternal …

Reimagining Religious Revisionism: Queering Expectations of Power, Gender, and Theology in Wajdi Al-Ahdal’s “Hitler Goes to Paradise” – by Hatem Al-Shamea

Introduction Wajdi Al-Ahdal’s short story “Hitler Goes to Paradise” is a postmodern work that employs surrealism and metafiction to critique …

The Journey of Transformation: An Analytical Study of the Novel, The End of A Furious Man

By Hatem Al-Shamea ———————————- ———————————– Introduction Bassam Shams El Din is an acclaimed Yemeni novelist who has made significant contributions …

Clothing Culture and Identity: Yusef Al-Majidi’s Symbolic Image of Identity and Dress in Yemeni Society

By Hatem Mohammed Al-Shamea ————————————- ————————————- Introduction Yusef Al-Majidi’s abstract piece depicts several Yemeni national symbols against an orange backdrop …

The Roots of a Complex Conflict: Analysing the Role of Internal and External Actors in Yemen’s Multifaceted War

by Hatem Al-Shamea Introduction Yemen’s ongoing civil war is an exceptionally complex and multifaceted conflict involving a multiplicity of internal …

Defying Oblivion: Exploration of Poetry, Legacy and Mortality in Al-Shahat’s “Place Poems Upon My Grave”

by Hatem Al-ShameaThe Haze of Desire: Exploring Narration, Gender Politics, and Social Critique in Ahmed Abdo’s “The Enamoured Demon-Possessed” Introduction …

The Haze of Desire: Exploring Narration, Gender Politics, and Social Critique in Ahmed Abdo’s “The Enamoured Demon-Possessed”

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Sounding the Alarm from the Abyss: A Critique of Yemeni Patriarchy in Asseri’s Short Story,”The Hole”

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Women’s Agency and Patriarchal Constraints in Fikria Shihra’s “Al-Thajjah”

By Hatem Al-Shamea Introduction Fikria Shihra’s novel “Al-Thajjah”2020, provides a nuanced depiction of women’s lives and the complex gender dynamics …

Cultural Insights and Symbolic Resonance in Arafat Musleh’s “The Day of Maimoon’s Disappearance

By Hatem Al-Shamea Abstract This paper provides a critical analysis of Arafat Musleh’s short story “The Day of Maimoon’s Disappearance” …

Seeking Cures on Arduous Roads: Postcolonial Analysis of Healthcare and Infrastructure in Arafat Musleh’s “Exhausting Rides”

By Hatem Al-Shamea Assistant Professor of English Literature, University of Reading, UK. ——————————————– Introduction Arafat Musleh is a Yemeni short …

Reclaiming Language and Redefining Resistance: A Postcolonial Reading of Eman Assaedi’s ‘Excess of Joy’

By Hatem Al-Shamea Assistant Professor of English Literature University of Reading, UK. Introduction Eman Assaedi is a contemporary Yemeni poet …

Burdened by Glory: Romanticized Memory as Postcolonial Protest in Al-Baradouni’s Abu Tamam and the Arabism of Today

By Hatem Al-Shamea Assistant Professor of English Literature, University of Reading, UK ————————————– Introduction Abdullah Al-Baraddouni (1929–1999), the visually impaired …

Fragmented Identities: Postcolonial Alienation and the Exilic Imagination in Sameer Abdelfattah’s “Empty Box”

By Hatem Al-Shamea Assistant Professor of English Literature University of Reading, UK. Fragmented Identities: Postcolonial Alienation and the Exilic Imagination …

Uneven Modernities: A Postcolonial Analysis of Setting, Power Relations, and Cultural Identity in Al-Gharbi Emran’s Yael’s Darkness

By Hatem Al-Shamea Assistant Professor of English Literature, University of Reading, UK. Introduction The novel Yael’s Darkness written by Yemeni …

Probing Patriarchy: Feminist Analysis of Entesar Asseri’s Flash Fiction Vignettes

By Hatem Al-Shamea Assistant Professor of English Literature, University of Reading, UK Introduction Entesar Asseri’s micro-stories (taken from her collection …

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