Man Vs. Man: Mohammed Alnaas & Waciny Laredj
Date/Time: Sunday 5 February 2023 13:00-14:00
Venue: Al Riwaq III, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
Simultaneous Translation: Arabic to English
Session No: 48
What do men look like in contemporary Arabic literature?
There are many types of men featured in literary works and tales. Perhaps the most famous of these is the Don Juan archetype, the charismatic but tyrannical man known for his many relationships, as written by author Waciny Laredj in The Women of Casanova. And yet in counterpoint to this, we find a different type of man with a soft and sentimental nature, as portrayed by author Mohammed Alnaas in his novel Bread on Uncle Milad’s Table.
Issues of feminism versus masculinity have long been debated, but the discussion this time will be different, highlighting how fiction can meaningfully examine two contrasting types of men.
Mohammed Al Naas will be joining virtually.
Mohammed Alnaas is a Libyan novelist, journalist, and short story writer. He published the collection Blue Blood in 2019 and the novel Bread on the Uncle's Table in 2022, which won the 15th International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
Waciny Laredj is an Algerian novelist and Professor of Arabic language and literature. He is a Professor at the Sorbonne University in Paris and the Central University of Algeria. As a novelist, he has participated in many Arab and international seminars related to the topics of writing, the writer’s role, narrative and privacy, challenges in Arab discourse, globalisation and culture, acculturation, modernity and others.
This session is moderated by Badriah Al Bishr
As you plan your day at the Festival, please take into consideration that it takes between 30-60 mins to commute between the Intercontinental, Festival City and Mohammed Bin Rashid Library.