SOAS University of London

Centre for Palestine Studies

Elias Khoury Reads and Discusses 'My Name is Adam'

My Name is Adam
Elias Khoury

Date: 16 October 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 16 October 2018Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Book Launch

Lebanese writer and public intellectual Elias Khoury is hosted in a round table discussion on the release of his new novel Children of the Ghetto/My Name is Adam (MacLehose Press, 2018) in English translation--which is positioned as the 'impossible' sequel to his renowned Gate of the Sun, and continues to explore the legacy of the Nakba on memory, identity, and writing.

Who is Adam Dannoun? Until a few months before his death in a fire in his New York apartment, he thought he knew. But an encounter with Blind Ma’moun, a father figure from his childhood, changed all that. From Ma’moun he learned the terrible truth behind his birth, a truth withheld from him for fifty-seven years by the woman he thought was his mother.

This discovery leads Adam to investigate what exactly happened in 1948 in Palestine, in the city of Lydda where he was born: the massacre, the forced march into the wilderness and the corralling of those citizens who did not flee into what the Israeli soldiers and their Palestinian captives came to refer to as “the Ghetto”.

Elias Khoury, born in Beirut, is the author of fourteen novels, four volumes of literary criticism, and three plays. Khoury is a Global Distinguished Professor of Middle Eastern and Arabic Studies at New York University and was editor in chief of the literary supplement of Beirut’s daily newspaper Al-Nahar. He is now editor in chief of The Journal of Palestine Studies in Beirut. Khoury was awarded the Palestine Prize for Gate of the Sun, which was named Best Book of the Year by Le Monde Diplomatique, The Christian Science Monitor, and The San Francisco Chronicle, and a Notable Book by the New York Times. As Though She Were Sleeping received France’s inaugural Arabic Novel Prize. In 2012 Khoury was awarded the UNESCO Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture. In 2016 he won the prestigious Mahmoud Darwish Award for Creativity, and he was honoured with the Katara Prize for Arabic Novel 2016 in the category of published novels. Recently Elias Khoury was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) 2017, the most important literary prize in the Arab World, run with the support of the Booker Foundation in London.

Discussants: Nora Parr (SOAS), Marle Hammond (SOAS).

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