Haaretz Columnist Sayed Kashua Shortlisted for Int'l Literary Award

Kashua's novel 'Let it Be Morning' contending for valuable IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Haaretz columnist Sayed Kashua on Wednesday was shortlisted along with seven other authors for one of the world's most valuable prizes for a single work of fiction in English.

Kashua, an Arab Israeli, writes a satirical weekly column for Haaretz, and has published two novels.

Two other Arab authors were among those shortlisted on Wednesday for the award.

The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award - set up 13 years ago to underline the Irish capital's importance as an artistic centre - is worth 100,000 euros.

Other contenders for this year's prize, along with Kashua's novel "Let it Be Morning", include "De Niro's Game" by Lebanese author Rawi Hage and "The Attack" by Yasmina Khadra from Algeria.

The other books on the shortlist, which was whittled down from 137 titles nominated by libraries worldwide, were "Winterwood" by Ireland's Patrick McCabe, "The Speed of Light" by Spanish Javier Cercas, "The Sweet and Simple Kind" by Yasmine Gooneraratne from Sri Lanka, "Dreams of Speaking" by Australian Gail Jones and "The Woman Who Waited" by Andrei Makine, a Russian.

The prize, set up by Dublin City Council and the Dublin-headquartered U.S. management company IMPAC, was won last year by Norway's Per Petterson and his translator Anne Born, for the novel "Out Stealing Horses".

Petterson beat South African Nobel-laureate J.M Coetzee and Indian-born British writer Salman Rusdie, as well as bestseller "No Country for Old Men" by America's Cormac McCarthy.

This year's winner will be announced by Dublin's Lord Mayor on June 12.