Adult event
Utopia vs Dystopia - Between Two Cities: Khalid AlNasrallah & Shahad Al Rawi

Utopia vs Dystopia - Between Two Cities: Khalid AlNasrallah & Shahad Al Rawi

Date/Time: Thursday 2 February 2023 19:30-20:30

Venue: Al Riwaq I, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City

Language: Arabic

Session No: 206 

Somewhere between utopia and corruption, we look for a city to call home.

Khalid AlNasrallah writes about a dystopian political world in The White Line of the Night, which centres on a character forced to act against his own beliefs – until he breaks the rules. Meanwhile, Shahad Al-Rawi’ s Above the Republic Bridge tells the story of three generations of a Baghdadi family living through the exact moment of the 2003 invasion of Baghdad.

In the space between their desire to escape from the bitterness of reality and the impact of conflict that dismantles the geography of their home, authors reshape cities in their novels.

Join this session to see hear two wonderful authors  discuss all this and more.

Khalid AlNasrallah is a Kuwaiti writer. He founded Nova Plus for publishing and distribution and Dar Al-Khan for translation and publishing. His novel The Supreme Gendarmerie was nominated for the Sheikh Zayed Prize in the Young Author category, and his novel The White Line of the Night reached the final list of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2022.

Shahad Al-Rawi is an Iraqi novelist with a PhD in anthropology. Her first novel, The Baghdad Clock, has been translated into several languages. She won the Edinburgh Prize for First Fiction and was nominated for a Booker Prize. Her second novel, Over the Jumhuriya Bridge, was published in 2020.

This session is moderated by Maryam Al Zarooni

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.
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Categories: Fiction