A Jordan-born Palestinian Author, Writing in Maltese, Wins a 2017 European Union Prize for Literature


Arabic Literature (in English)

Last month, Palestinian-Maltese writer Walid Nabhan was named one of the winners of the European Union’s 2017 Prize for Literature:

The EU Prize shifts participating nations annually, with 12 eligible each year. Nabhan was nominated for the prize on the strength of his semi-autobiographical 2013 novel L-Eżodu taċ-Ċikonji, The Storks’ Exodus.

L-Eżodu taċ-Ċikonji tells the story of a Palestinian refugee in Malta, and reports say it twines human relationships and politics.

Born in Jordan to a Palestinian family, Nabhan moved to Yugoslavia to study, back to Jordan, where he served time in the army, mostly in the desert, which was where he says he began to think a great deal about poetry.  After that, the writer traveled to Malta, where he became a (somewhat controversial) citizen, publishing books in Maltese as well as translating from Maltese to Arabic.

According to a profile in the Times of Malta

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