Mohammed Abdelnaby on the Best Thing About Being a Writer in Egypt


Arabic Literature (in English)

While he was in Iowa City, participating in the International Writing Program (IWP)’s fall 2013 residency, Egyptian novelist Mohammed Abdelnaby spoke with the program’s “On the Map” series. The video interview was recently released on YouTube :

manIn addition to being selected for the IWP program, Abdelnaby has won several other accolades and awards. He was on the longlist for the 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) for his Return of the Sheikh and also took the 2010 Sawiris award for his short-story collection Anton Chekhov’s Ghost. He is also an acclaimed translator, having recently brought Hisham Matar’s Anatomy of a Disappearance into Arabic.

Abdelnaby previously spoke with ArabLit about his novel Return of the Sheikh —  when we asked him about what novels nourished his work, he mentioned Mahfouz’s Adrift on the Nile. This time he mentioned Edwar al-Kharrat’s Rama and the Dragon. From the interview:

On the Map:…

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