Jalal Barjas: The Dukduk's Whimper
Date/Time: Sunday 5 February 2023 19:00-20:00
Session No: 212
Jalal Bargas, winner of the 2021 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, returns with a new novel, The Dudok’s Whimper. The cries of the Armenian oboe are followed by its sweet voice and reflecting on the space between the two sounds brought inspiration to Bargas’s writing.
In this session, he discusses the reasons that drive him to read and write, and his ideologies, as well as the emotions that guide him through the stages of incorporating carefully chosen words into his work.
You will be granted access to Jalal Bargas’ private library: a room filled with drafts and books awaits you for an elegant and enlightening discussion !
Jalal Barjas is a Jordanian poet and novelist. He worked for the Jordanian press as an editor in the Al-Anbat newspaper, then as a reporter for the Al-Dustour newspaper, and as a member of the editorial boards of several magazines. His novel The Snakes of Fire: The Love Story of Ali Bin Mahmoud Al Qassad won the Katara Prize for Arabic Fiction 2015. His novel Women of the Five Senses was longlisted for the 2019 International Prize for Arabic Fiction and his novel The Notebooks of the Bookseller won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2021.