Bulaq 39: Writers Are Not Magic

Can a poem save the world? Can a novel change the course of humanity? Can a hybrid work leap a building in a single bound? Bulaq 39 explores this and more:

In the first half of the episode, we paid tribute to Jordanian poet, activist, novelist, travel writer, and editor Amjad Nasser (1955-2019), who died at the end of October. In the second, we talked about the political space occupied by Moroccan-French writers Tahar Ben Jelloun and Leïla Slimani, particularly in the wake of the trial against—and pardon of—Moroccan journalist Hajar Raissouni over an alleged abortion. What is a writer’s responsibility in a society, or between societies? And what about those of us who talk about, report on, and frame literature?

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This episode partly recorded and produced in the offices of the Sowt network.