Haji Jabir: Who’s the Real Hero?
Date/Time: Sunday 5 February 2023 18:30-19:30
Session No: 4
From historical fiction to tales of real-life heroes , characters can triumph over disaster with a stroke of the writer’s pen. Which begs the question: how do authors accomplish this? What approaches do they use to illuminate history’s dark side as well as exploring the victories of the oppressed?
Writer Haji Jabir shares the unique experience of bringing to life his renowned character, Almas, a Hararian woman who was the French poet Rambo’s companion in his final days in Abyssinia. Yet he never disclosed their relationship. In this session, Jabir will discuss his extraordinary novel Rambo Al-Habashi, which sheds light on the poet’s secret lover and was longlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2022.