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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.

Review

A Critical Review on the short story “Memory” of Entesar Asseri

A Critical Review on the short story “Memory” of Entesar Asseri Entesar Asseri is widely considered one of Yemen’s most prominent contemporary female writers. In her short story “Memory”, Asseri uses Surrealist techniques to challenge normative gender roles and critique patriarchal power dynamics in Yemeni society. Through the unnamed male protagonist’s loss of memory and …

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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 captivating novel by the renowned Yemeni novelist, Al-Gharbi Emran, delves into the intricate dynamics of power, identity, and conflict within the context of a fortress community. Set against the backdrop of the rural …

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The Quarantine Philosopher – Wajdi Al-Ahdal – trans. Hatem Al-Shamea

The Quarantine Philosopher Wajdi Al-Ahdal trans. by Hatem Al-Shamea Chapter One “The Great Certainties: The Origin of Every Deception” “In the Zima cemetery, the events of this novel unfold. I won’t delve into the stories of buried humans; instead, I’ll content myself with recounting an entertaining tale about a world unknown to you. I will …

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I Named Her, Fatima – a novel written by Mayasa Al-Nakhlani – trans. Hatem Al-Shamea

I Named Her Fatima By Mayasa Al-Nakhlani 0 Things are often not as they appear; what our eyes see is merely the outer shell concealing another world underneath. Many times, this inner world has no connection to the apparent reality, as if the shell that formed and solidified has been influenced by the elements of …

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Yael’s Darkness – Al-Gharbi Emran – trans: Hatem Al-Shamea

An excerpt [Two Chapters] from Al-Gharbi Emran’s Yael’s Darkness Chapter One Sana’a The 14th century Hijri The Manuscript of Joudar It was ten o’clock in the morning. Groups of dock workers, vendors lying on the street, and the loudspeaker of a waste-truck echoed loudly. Unemployed people occupied the corners of cafes, while beggars roamed about. …

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Review on “Ali Abdullah Al-Ajri’s Black Sack”

Introduction: “Black Sack” is a thought-provoking short story written by Yemeni author Ali Abdullah Al-Ajri. The narrative explores themes of power, manipulation, and the consequences of blind obedience. Through its vivid imagery and symbolic elements, the story invites readers to reflect on the dangers of relinquishing personal agency and the potential dehumanization that can arise …

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The Struggle for Identity and Resistance in Mahmoud Darwish’s “O Passersby among Transient Words

The Struggle for Identity and Resistance in Mahmoud Darwish’s “O Passersby among Transient Words” by Hatem Al-Shamea Introduction: Mahmoud Darwish’s poem “O Passersby among Transient Words” is a powerful and poignant piece that captures the essence of Palestinian identity, resistance, and the longing for freedom. In this short analysis, we will delve into the profound …

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The Enamoured Demon-Possessed – by Ahmed Abdu – Trans. by: Hatem Al-Shamea

The Enamoured Demon-Possessed a novel by Ahmed Abdu Translated By Hatem Al-Shamea   Excerption from the novel Prelude We believed in God and that dinosaurs could go extinct, and indeed it happened. However, they left behind herds of cats. These were the words of Ibn Hathoot, uttered when he emerged from seclusion one day, venturing …

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Al-Thajjah – a Novel written by Fikria Shahrah – trans. by Hatem Al-Shamea

Chapter One It was the season when Mokhtar’s father had deemed him ready for marriage, and Mokhtar assumed the guise of a demure maiden, cloaking himself in an aura of modesty. He was well aware that this façade of shyness was not born out of genuine timidity, but rather an escape from a predetermined fate …

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Rural Life in Wisam Al-Absi’s Portrayal of Plowing – Hatem Al-Shamea

The Rural Life in Wisam Al-Absi’s Portrayal of Plowing Wisam Al-Absi’s painting depicting a man plowing a field with an ox is a captivating representation of the timeless and arduous act of manual labor. This evocative artwork transports viewers to a simpler time, invoking a sense of nostalgia and connection to the Earth. In this …

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A Critical Review on Al-Maziji’s Burnings 6×4 – by Hatem Al-Shamea

Introduction Eman Al-Maziji is a contemporary Yemeni writer and author of a collection of flash fiction entitled, “ Burnings 6×4“, she demonstrates nuanced storytelling within a minimalist form. Through symbolic motifs and psychological depth, Al-Maziji conveys profound insights into the human condition within a brief span. This analysis will examine prominent themes across six representative …

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Revealing the Layers: A Critical Review of Pierre Taminiaux’s The Paradox of Photography

By Hatem Al-Shamea Assistant Professor of English Literature University of Reading, UK. ——————————————————————– Introduction In his expansive 2009 work The Paradox of Photography, philosopher and aesthetics scholar Pierre Taminiaux explores the multilayered and seemingly contradictory nature of photography as a medium. Weaving together philosophical inquiry with close visual analyses, Taminiaux’s study delves into the ontological, …

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