The shortlist was revealed by this year’s Chair of Judges Chawki Bazih, who appeared alongside Fleur Montanaro, the prize’s Administrator
"The Beekeeper" -Arabic version- selected by Happy (Australia) as one of 20 of the best Arabic language books
Ces dernières années, les Yézidis ont été victimes d’un génocide, reconnu comme tel par les Nations unies, perpétré par l’Etat islamique – aujourd’hui encore, des milliers d’entre eux sont portés disparus. Captives raconte leur histoire.
Dunya Mikhail’s highly acclaimed non-fiction debut, THE BEEKEEPER (UK title – THE BEEKEEPER OF SINJAR), has been selected as one of five finalists for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Non Fiction 2019.
2018 marks the inaugural year for the National Book Award in translated literature, which means that all of the authors on the longlist are first-time contenders.
The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq, by Dunya Mikhail (New Directions Publishing) In 2014, the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) invaded northern Iraq, killing men and enslaving women. A local beekeeper courageously smuggled some of the women back to their homes, and Mikhail, a journalist and poet, spoke to some of those survivors, bearing witness to wrenching stories of horrific abuse.
From a young Picasso to a Chinese couple seeking new lives in the US to the travails of the Yazidi women of Iraq – the Monitor’s ’10 best books of March’ list ranges far and wide.