Palestine / Jordan
Palestine / Jordan
Ibrahim Nasrallah was born in 1954 to Palestinian parents who were evicted from their land in Palestine in 1948. He spent his childhood and youth in a refugee camp in Jordan, and began his career as a teacher in Saudi Arabia. After returning to Amman, he worked in the media and cultural sectors till 2006 when he decided to dedicate his life to writing. To date, he has published 14 poetry collections, 16 novels, and several other books. In 1985, he started writing the Palestinian Tragicomedy covering 250 years of modern Palestinian history in a series of novels in which each novel is an independent one; to date nine novels were published in the framework of this project. Five of his novels and a volume of poetry have been published in English, three works in Italian, one novel in Danish and one in Turkish. Nasrallah is also an artist and photographer and has had four solo exhibitions of his photography. He won nine prizes, among them the prestigious Sultan Owais Literary Award for Poetry in 1997, and his novel Prairies of Fever was chosen by the Guardian newspaper as one of the most important ten novels written by Arabs or non-Arabs about the Arab world. Three of his novels were listed on the International Prize for Arab Fiction for the years 2009, 2013, and 2014. In 2012 he won the inaugural Jerusalem Award for Culture and Creativity for his literary work. In January 2014, he succeeded in summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in a venture that involved two Palestinian adolescents, a boy and a girl, who have lost their legs. The climb was in support to a nongovernmental organization dedicated to providing medical services to Palestinian and Arab children. Nasrallah wrote about this journey in a novel entitled The Spirits of Kilimanjaro (2015), the English edition is expected to be released soon. In 2016, Nasrallah was awarded the Katara Prize for Arabic Novels for his work The Spirits of Kilimanjaro.