New wave of Egyptian writers at Shubbak Festival

They call it “a window on contemporary Arab culture.” London’s biennale Shubbak Festival brings together a multitude of new and unexpected voices from across the Arab world to large audiences in the English capital.

This year 150 artists took part in the two-week festival (1-16 July) that offered dozens of events from visual arts, film, music, theater, and dance, to literature and debate.

Basma Abdel Aziz (left), Ganzeer (via Skype), Mohammad Rabie, and literary translator and host Elisabeth Jaquette (Photo by Dan Lowe)

Among the participants was acclaimed Egyptian writer Mohammed Rabie, author of Otared, who was invited to talk in a panel discussion on “The Waking Nightmare: post-revolutionary Egyptian dystopias,” along side award-winning writer Basma Abdel Aziz and prominent artist Ganzeer (via Skype).

In the audience was Harvard University PhD student Andrew Leber. In his article “Eternal Nightmares of the Hounded Mind” for ArabLit, he describes Rabie’s novel as a story framed “along the lines of Dante’s circles of hell in his Inferno.”

Click here to read Leber’s complete article on Arablit’s blog.

Listen to the whole panel on SoundCloud.



Posted on 19/07/2017 in Dystopian, FICTION General, FICTION Political, FICTION Psychological, tagged as Andrew Leber, ArabLit, contemporary Arab culture, Dan Lowe, dystopia, Elisabeth Jaquette, fiction, Hoopoe Fiction, Mohammad Rabie, Otared, Shubbak Festival


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