On Politics & Longing: Inaam Kachachi & Yasmina Khadra
Date/Time: Saturday 4 February 2023 13:45-14:45
Simultaneous Translation: Arabic to English
Session No: 47
From their second homeland, Arab immigrants write about their first, recounting tragedies of war, conflict and loss. Their souls are tied to the nostalgia and longing for this homeland, as they attempt to reshape their thorny and turbulent relationship with ‘home’ through writing.
From east to west, from Iraq to Algeria, Yasmina Khadra and Inam Kachachi discuss political novels in the Arab world, writing from the diaspora, and what it means to be an Arab today, as well as how we seek to document both our crises and our nostalgic memories.
Mohammed Moulessehoul, better known as Yasmina Khadra, is an author and former military commander. The novelist has written almost 40 novels and has been published in over 50 countries. Khadra has published six novels under his real name, after deciding to start using the pseudonym Yasmina Khadra, his wife’s name, in 1997. His written works has been adapted for film and theatre, including Les Agneaux du Seigneur (In the Name of God), The Dictator’s Last Night, and Khalil.
Inaam Kachachi is an Iraqi novelist and journalist born in Baghdad and currently residing in Paris. After graduating from the University of Baghdad, she went on to complete her Master’s and PhD degrees at Sorbonne University. Three of Kachachi’s four novels have been shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF), and her works have also been translated into ten different languages.