KUWAIT, April 24 (KUNA) -- Author Saud Al-Sanousi said on Wednesday he was
proud to represent Kuwait as a winner of the Booker International Prize for
Al-Sanousi told KUNA that writing his winner novel "The Bamboo stalk"
involved hard work for over a year, adding that he travelled to The
Philippines in order to learn about life and society there and gather
information necessary for his book.
He said his novel focused on the suffering of the son of a Kuwaiti father
and a Filipina mother, and the loss of identity he feels when he tries to
blend in with the Kuwaiti society and the difficulties he faces.
His book was chosen as the best novel out of 133 competing novels from
different Arab countries published in the last 12 months, he said, adding that
he was honored to compete with five other Kuwaiti authors.
The prize is sponsored by the Booker Prize Foundation in London and is
funded by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority.
Al-Sanousi is an author and journalist born in 1981, and his works include
articles in different Kuwaiti newspapers and magazines, such as Al-Watan
newspaper, Al-Arabi, Al-Kuwait, and Al-Abwab magazines, and he currently
writes for Al-Qabas newspaper.(end)
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