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Event 49 Contemporary Arabic Literature in the West

Saturday 3 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Why does translated literature matter? Our panel of literary leading lights discusses the big questions of opening their work to the world.

Can translated literature lead to empathy and intercultural dialogue? What effect does international success have on an author’s work? And, what is lost in translation?

Khaled Khalifa is the author of No Knives in the Kitchens of this City, winner of the 2013 Naguib Mahfouz Medal.

Ibrahim Nasrallah is famous for Time of White Horses; having written numerous novels of Palestine’s past he looks to the future in Dog War II.

Youssef Rakha is the author of The Book of the Sultan's Seal, an exploration of the routes to an Islamic renaissance.

Dima Wannous is the author of The Frightened, a close examination of fear and anxiety set in contemporary Syria.

This panel is moderated by Turki Al Zaabi.

Language: Arabic with English translation

Contemporary Arabic Literature in the West

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Event 59 Lessons from the Levant: Thomas Fletcher, Eugene Rogan & Dima Wannous

Friday 2 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

More than 100 years have passed since the infamous Sykes-Picot agreement set in motion the division of the Arab World by European powers. What does history teach us about the problems facing the region today? And has global media helped or hindered the search for stability?

Thomas Fletcher is the former UK Ambassador to Lebanon and author of The Naked Diplomat, an exploration of the impact of technology on international relations.

Eugene Rogan is the director of the Middle East Centre at Oxford, and author of The Arabs: A History, recently updated to explore the violence that followed the 2011 uprisings.

Dima Wannous is a Syrian novelist, journalist and translator; her latest book, The Frightened, explores the depths of fear in contemporary Syria.

This panel is moderated by Mishaal Al Gergawi.

Language: Arabic & English with translation

Lessons from the Levant: Thomas Fletcher, Eugene Rogan & Dima Wannous

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