Elias Khoury on Looking at the Arab Spring Through the Eyes of Children

Mohga Hassib, who recently interviewed Elias Khoury for ArabLit, also attended his talk at the American University in Cairo. At the talk, he spoke about the value of seeing things afresh, through children’s eyes:


Novels that ‘Predicted’ a Revolution

Al Jazeera recently interviewed Habib Selmi about his most recent novel, The Women’s Orchards. They ask the International Prize for Arabic Fiction-shortlisted author (for The Scents of Marie Claire, trans. Fadwa Qasem and published AUC Press) if his latest novel hadn’t predicted the revolution. Selmi said that he did not capital-P predict the Tunisian uprising and ouster of President Ben Ali, he was just a good observer of society: