Syrian-born Zakaria Tamer won Cairo 1st Short Story
Forum Prize estimated at 100,000 Egyptian pounds, or
Tamer has already won the 2009 Blue Metropolis Al Majidi
Ibn Dhaher Arab Literary Prize in recognition of his
extraordinary career as a writer.
The prize is sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Authority for
Culture and Heritage to increase international
recognition for Arab writers and literature.
Born in Damascus in 1931, Zakaria Tamer is one of the
most widely-read short story writers, as well as a
pre-eminent author of children's stories in Arabic.
His short stories are often reminiscent of folktales,
renowned for their relative simplicity on the one hand
and the complexity of their many potential references on
the other. Most of his stories deal with manís
inhumanity to man, likewise to woman, the oppression of
the poor by the rich and of the weak by the strong.
Tamer has also published childrenís books and
collections of his satirical newspaper columns.
His stories were translated into French, Russia,
English, Dutch, Italian, Bulgarian, Spanish and Serbian