Alaa Al Aswany, the author of The Yacoubian Building, which was long-listed for the International Dublin Literary Award in 2006 and was the bestselling novel in the Arab world for more than five years, will be reading excerpts from this and other books at a talk on March 21. A book sale and signing opportunity will follow the talk.
Al Aswany's works have been translated into 36 languages and he was recently named by the London Times as one of the best fifty authors to have been translated into English over the past fifty years. He was a distinguished writer in residence and visiting professor of literature at Bard College in 2017 and was most recently a visiting professor at Dartmouth College in the spring of 2019.
He is also the author of The Republic, As If; Chicago, named by Newsday as the best translated novel of 2006; The Automobile Club of Egypt; and the story collection Friendly Fire.
He has received numerous awards internationally, including the La Legion D’Honneur as the Chevalier De L’Art Et Des Lettres from France in 2016, the Johann Philipp Palm Award from Germany in 2012, the Friedrich Rukert Literary Award in 2008 (which he was the first recipient of), the Bashrahil Prize for the Arabic novel in 2005, and the Premio Grinzane Cavour from Italy in 2007.
A reading in Arabic will be conducted from 4:15 - 5:00 pm in 236 Goldwin Smith Hall.
Sponsored by the Departments of Near Eastern Studies, and Comparative Literature.