SOAS University of London

Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

Imagining Egypt post-2011: City/Country, East/West, and other newly-thought binaries in Abdelrashid Mahmoudi's 'After Coffee'


Date: 14 January 2019Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 14 January 2019Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Talk

After Coffee is an intertextual exploration of belonging, of Egyptian society, and the Arabic literary past. It is also an investigation of contemporary (post-2011) Egypt that is not 'dystopian' or futuristic. While much critical attention has been paid to the apocolyptic narratives penned by Egyptian writers in recent years, this event turns back to the 2014 winner of the Sheikh Zeid book prize to discuss a story that looks to the past (and not the futre) in order to make its commentary on the present.

Abdelrashid Mahmoudi is an Egyptian poet, writer, translator and academic. Mahmoudi studied philosophy at the University of Cairo and the University of London, and completed his Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Manchester. He has published many academic works, as well as poetry, short stories, and two novels. AFTER COFFEE, his second novel, won the Sheikh Zayed Book Award in 2014. He lives in Cairo, Egypt.

Nashwa Gowanlock is a UK­-based journalist and translator. She holds an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and was awarded a 2014 mentorship in the British Centre for Literary Translation (BCLT) Emerging Translator mentoring scheme. Her translations of the poems of Mohammed Bennis appeared in Asymptote and online journal Poetry Miscellany and she has translated numerous works of Arabic fiction and nonfiction.

Both author and translator will be hosted in discussion by Nora Parr, OWRI Research fellow in the School of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics. Readings will be done in Arabic and English.

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