Sudanese Novelist Aspires for Noble Prize

Monday, August 3, 2015

Tokyo- PanOrient News

Amir Taj Al-Sir, the Sudanese novelist born in 1960, dreams of winning the Noble prize for his Arabic novels, three of which have been translated into English, French and Italian.

Interviewed by Alfatih Merghani, PanOrient News’s Cultural Editor, Amir Taj Al-Sir mentioned that he had previously received Arabic prizes including the Qatari prize (Katara) for his novel 366. His novel, The Hunter of the Chrysalises was shortlisted for the 2011 Arabic Booker Prize.

Taj Al-Sir noted that an award should not be a target in itself; a writer should focus on creativity and the presentation of their views on life, society, politics and the economy through their novels. If, however, he or she wins an award, the prize will undoubtedly increase the level of satisfaction regarding the work and acknowledge that the time they have spent has been appreciated and is of value. In other words, prizes are also an incentive for creativity.

He emphasised that there are many creative writers in Sudan who need support to become known in the world of literature and to that end, he has donated the Arabic Library with more than twenty works of fiction.

Taj Al-Sir’s writings include the novel, Ebola 76 which talks about the spread of the Ebola virus in the Congo and Southern Sudan. His novel 366 talks about a leap year in love. He writes about ordinary people and believes that writers should very carefully consider what they are saying before tackling such issues as “holy issues”. He went on to say that it would be wise to have such writings monitored.

The talented author is also a trained physician. He was born in Sudan but is resident in Doha, Qatar where he works as a gynecologist.

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