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18:00 - 19:30 31 January 2014
Travelling and Translation: An Evening with Abdelkader Benali
Arts and Humanities Common Room |
G24, Ground floor, Foster Court
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom
Abdelkader Benali, Abdelkader Benali was born in Morocco. When he was four years old, he and his family, of Berber background, migrated to the Netherlands and settled in Rotterdam. When he was twenty-one his debut novel Bruiloft aan zee (‘Wedding by the Sea’) appeared and was a huge critical and commercial success (1997). It was translated into many languages and nominated for the renowned Libris Prize for Literature that he received for his second novel, De langverwachte (‘The Long-Awaited’, 2002) in 2003. In addition to novels and plays, Benali has published literary travel reviews, such as his text about Skopje for citybooks.eu, as well as essays and reviews in Dutch newspapers and magazines and The Guardian.
In the first part of the programme, Dutch writer Abdelkader Benali will be reading from his 2009 novel My Mother’s Voice (De stem van mijn moeder) in which a boy from Morocco becomes a photographer and infiltrates the cultural elite of the Netherlands, leaving behind his parents’ world. Reconciliation becomes possible when the family confronts one tragic event and one life-affirming event.
The programme continues with Abdelkader Benali in a wide-ranging conversation on travelling, border crossings, east meets west, translating between languages and cultures, and how this affects lives.
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