Kuwait author wins Arabic book prize for tale of foreign workers

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LONDON (Reuters) – Kuwaiti author Saud Alsanousi has won the 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction for his portrayal of the lives of foreign workers in Gulf countries in “The Bamboo Stalk”. The 31-year-old Alsanousi became the youngest winner in the $50,000-prize’s six-year history for the story seen through the eyes of Issa, the son of a Kuwaiti father and a Filipina mother. “All the judges agreed on the superior quality of this novel, both artistically and also in terms of its social and humanitarian content,” the panel’s chair Egyptian writer Galal Amin said in a statement on Tuesday. …

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