Sonallah Ibrahim, Great Arab Authors
May 6, 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm, Stanford Humanities Center, Board Room (424 Santa Teresa)
Great Arab Authors: Sonallah Ibrahim
Sonallah Ibrahim, one of Egypt’s most formally interesting and politically uncompromising writers, will give a public talk in conversation with Professor Noha Radwan (Arabic & Comparative Literature, University of California- Davis) and Professor Alexander Key (Arabic & Comparative Literature, Stanford University).
His most recently translated book, That Smell, “was a breathtakingly subversive answer to the problem of the omnipresence of the state in daily life and the inability of Arabic literature to express and capture that reality. It met with immediate censorship.” (Yasmine El Rashidi , NYRB). “Ibrahim’s exhiliratingly bleak novel gives English-speaking readers a new classic of mid-century existentialism and, at the same time, a window onto an Egypt too few of us have glimpsed in literature or elsewhere.” (Benjamin Kunkel)
Sonallah Ibrahim also hold an Arabic Conversation Session in Building 30, Room 102 from 12:15 to 13:45 on Monday, May 6, 2013. The session will be conducted in Arabic and is open only to Stanford students.
[Co-sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature, the Department of History, the Graduate Student Council, the Arab Studies Table, and the Stanford Humanities Center]