South Asian Fiction: Avni Doshi, Jamil Jan Kochai & Mohsin Hamid
Date/Time: Sunday 5 February 2023 17:45-18:45
Venue: Al Riwaq I, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
Session No: 202
How do South Asian writers infuse the essence of their native language into contemporary English-language literature? South Asian literature is greatly different now from what it was a hundred years ago, so what are the urgent topics writers want to explore in their narratives today, and how much do they draw from their own experiences and from the region’s often ignored pre-colonial history?
Join our intriguing panel bringing together writers to represent India, Afghanistan, and Pakistan: Avni Doshi, Jamil Jan Kochai and Mohsin Hamid.
Avni Doshi is the author of Burnt Sugar, her debut novel that was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize.
Jamil Jan Kochai is the author of The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories, a 2022 National Book Award longlist selection, and 99 Nights in Logar, a finalist for the Pen/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
Mohsin Hamid is the author of bestselling novels Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia and Exit West. His latest book is The Last White Man.
This session is moderated by Saba Karim Khan
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.