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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.

I Named Her, Fatima


I Named Her, Fatima by Mayasa Al-Nakhlani is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that delves deep into the complexities of human existence and the masks we wear to conceal our inner worlds. Set against a backdrop of inner turmoil and hidden pain, the story takes readers on a journey through the life of a protagonist haunted by recurring nightmares and elusive memories.

In this gripping narrative, the protagonist finds solace and escape in the verses of the Holy Quran, seeking refuge from a reality that feels unbearable. As the layers of his troubled soul are peeled back, the reader is compelled to confront themes of fear, isolation, and the consequences of avoiding confrontation.

Mayasa Al-Nakhlani’s powerful storytelling and lyrical prose evoke a vivid and haunting atmosphere, drawing readers into a world where darkness and light coexist. Through the lens of the protagonist’s experiences, the novel explores the depths of human suffering, the search for redemption, and the indomitable strength of the human spirit.

I Named Her, Fatima is a compelling exploration of the human condition, masterfully translated by Hatem Mohammed Al-Shamea. It is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and a reminder that true healing can only come through confronting our inner demons. This novel is a must-read for those seeking a profound and introspective journey into the complexities of life and the power of self-discovery.


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