Hoda Barakat (photo courtesy of the Man Booker International Prize)
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Lebanese author Hoda Barakat was as surprised as anyone when she found out that she was under consideration as a potential winner of the sixth Man Booker International Prize.In fact, she had never heard of the 60,000 pound award until she received a call at work informing her that she had been chosen as one of 10 finalists for the 2015 prize.Unlike the annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction, which is awarded for a specific English-language novel, the biannual Man Booker International Prize is awarded on the basis of an author's complete body of work and is open to authors whose work is widely available in English-language translation, as well as those writing in English. I write it Arabic and I'm known in the Francophone world but really not at all in the English-speaking world.A: Yes. But I believe that ... before placing an author on the list they read the work in the original language. Even if I write about events that are not strictly Beiruti or Lebanese, I am still this Lebanese writer who witnessed all that.Q: You've been living in Paris for decades now, but all your novels are set in the Arab world.
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