Atef Abu Saif at the Edinburgh Arabic Festival

29 Aug 2015 - 2.00PM

Atef Abu Saif
Writing from the world's biggest prison: Gaza.
The Palestinian author, editor and journalist reads from his diary of last year's war on the Strip, The Drone Eats with Me. covering all 51 days of the brutal onslaught, the book offers a unique perspective on life in Gaza - the everyday struggles of living in effectively the world's largest prison, as well the extremities of staying alive in the middle of a 21st century war on a civilian population. Atef is himself an award-winning fiction writer, and was recently shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction for his forthcoming novel, A Suspended Life (making him the first Gazan to be shortlisted for the award). His is also the editor of The Book of Gaza (Comma Press), a short story anthology featuring ten different writers from from the Strip. Today, as well as discussing his war diary, he will also be talking about the literary life of Gaza, and the role short stories have played historically in the Palestinian movement.

Literatures, Languages and Cultures School,
University of Edinburgh
50 George Square,

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