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Rotten Evidence: Reading and Writing in an Egyptian Prison

July 15, 2021 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This panel will feature a discussion with Egyptian writer Ahmed Naji about his time spent in a Cairene prison for violating public decency laws in his second novel, Using Life. Being a prisoner forced Ahmed to examine the role of literature in society; meet the fabled Average Reader and a man named Rhinoceros; and confront his own ambivalence in calling himself a writer. The basis for this panel will be Ahmed’s recent essay in the Believer Magazine.


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