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Saud Alsanousi (Kuwait) and Habib Selmi (Tunisia / F) Talk about their New Novels

Sep 13, 2013 07:30 pm
Literatures of the World
Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Upper Foyer
Price 8 Euro / reduced 6 / pupils 4
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Saud Alsanousi won this year’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction, the most prestigious literary prize in the Arab World, with his novel »The Bamboo Stalk«. The protagonist ─ the illegitimate son of a Filipino Maid ─ is in search of recognition by his Kuwaiti father’s family; he is like a rootless stalk of bamboo. Saud Alsanousi’s story alludes to the problems of foreign guest-workers in Arabic countries.
In his latest novel »The Women of al-Bassatîn« (»Nissa'u al-Bassateen«) Habib Selmi deals with a divided Tunisia, caught between the appeal of Europe and the preservation of traditional values. Through the eyes of his protagonist, who lives the life of an immigrant, who exists between two cultures, Selmi takes an outside look at Tunisian society and the changing significance of religion in people's lives.

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