A Literary Celebration: Ahdaf Soueif
Author Ahdaf Soueif provides insight into how to approach cultural differences and contemporary issues in our world today.
- Mon., Mar. 9, 2009, 11:00 AM
- Multiple Venues
- 1 hour
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Ahdaf Soueif (Egypt/UK) is known for the bestselling novel The Map of Love, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 1999 and subsequently translated into more than 20 languages. A political and cultural commentator with a special interest in Palestine, she writes for various newspapers in both the West and the Arab world. Her seminal article, "Under the Gun: A Palestinian Journey," was originally published in the Guardian and then printed in Soueif's 2004 collection of essays, Mezzaterra: Fragments from the Common Ground. Soueif has also translated Mourid Barghouti's I Saw Ramallah from Arabic into English. English is the language of Soueif's fiction but bilingual readers say that when her Arab characters speak Arabic they can hear it ‘through' the English. Born in Egypt, Soueif was educated in Egypt and obtained a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the U.K. She is the recipient of three honorary DLitts from British universities. In 2008, she initiated the first Palestine International Festival of Literature which took place in Ramallah, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem.
Part of ARABESQUE: Arts of the Arab World
FREE EVENT. Tickets are required, and can be ordered in person at the box office, or by calling Instant Charge at (202) 467-4600. There is no service charge. There is a limit of 12 tickets per order. At this time, these tickets are not available online; we apologize for any inconvenience.
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A. Huda and Samia Farouki
The State of Kuwait
The State of Qatar
The United Arab Emirates Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Additional support is provided by the Ministry of Culture and Information, Kingdom of Bahrain; the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center; The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development; the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art; Alice and David Rubenstein; Saudi Aramco; the Ford Foundation; Elizabeth and Michael Kojaian; Elaine and Steve Wynn; Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley and Mr. Smith Bagley; The Laura Pels Foundation; and the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.
Presented in cooperation with the League of Arab States.