Saudi Author Bags International Prize for Arabic Fiction

Saudi Author Bags International Prize for Arabic FictionAbdo Khal, a Saudi Arabia based author, according to the organizers of the prestigious Arabic literary award, has bagged the prestigious International Prize for his novel "Spewing Sparks as Big as Castles".

The 2010 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) award committee recognized his contribution to highlight inequalities and power abuses through Arabic fiction. The author tried to depict the destructive impact of power and limitless wealth on life and the environment.

Khal, the first writer in the Saudi Arabia to win the award, received the award on Tuesday in a function held at the Emirates capital Abu Dhabi in the esteemed presence of international publishers, critics, writers and journalists.

His novel initially figured in among six short-listed books from 113 entries from 17 Arab countries and finally selected for the award affiliated with the Booker Prize Foundation in London.

The Chair of Judges, Taleb Alrefai, expressed, "The winning novel is a brilliant exploration of the relationship between the individual and the state."