Category: The City and the Writer

May, 2016

The City and the Writer: In Qadita with Ala Hlehel

Image: Ala Hlehel, photograph by Bianca Sistermans   Special Series: Literary Maps   City of Origin: Qadita (District of Safad), the village was destroyed in 1948 City of Birth: Al-Jish (District of Safad) City/Cities you grew up in: Al-Jish Current...

The City and the Writer: In Jerusalem with Liana Badr

Special Series: Literary Maps   City of Origin: Hebron City of Birth: Jerusalem City/Cities you grew up in: Jerusalem and Jericho Current Residence: Ramallah Your City/Cities: Jerusalem, Jericho  Language(s) spoken: Arabic and English Language(s) you write in: Arabic Home:...

April, 2016

The City and the Writer: In Miami with P. Scott Cunningham

Author Photo: Christina Frigo If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                      ...

The City and the Writer: In Wellington, NZ with Chris Price

Author Photo: Robert Cross If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                      ...

March, 2016

The City and the Writer: In Santa Fe with Valerie Martínez

If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                              ...

The City and the Writer: In Jaffa with Selma Dabbagh

Special Series: Literary Maps   City of Origin: Jaffa City of Birth: Dundee, Scotland City/Cities you grew up in: Jeddah, Kuwait, High Wycombe, Dundee, Reading, Market Harborough, New Milton Other cities you’ve lived in: Bahrain, Cairo, various cities in the...

February, 2016

The City and the Writer: In Washington, D.C., with Sandra Beasley

If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it...

The City and the Writer: In Jerusalem and Jaffa with Ismail Khalidi

Image: Zoe Zenowich Special Series: Literary Maps   City of Origin: Jerusalem and Jaffa City of Birth: Beirut City/Cities you grew up in: D.C., New York and Chicago, but mostly Chicago. Current Residence: Valparaiso/Viña Del Mar, Chile. Your City/Cities: Chicago,...

The City and the Writer: In Jaffa with Ibtisam Azem

Special Series: Literary Maps   City of Origin: Taybeh (forty kilometers north of Jaffa) City of Birth: Taybeh City/Cities your grew up in: Taybeh Current Residence: New York City Your City/Cities: Taybeh, Jaffa, Jerusalem, Berlin, New York City Language(s): Arabic,...

The City and the Writer: In Granada, Spain with Anthony Geist

If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains....

January, 2016

The City and the Writer: In Austin with Ire’ne Lara Silva

If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities   Can you describe the mood of Austin as you feel/see it?...

The City and the Writer: In Buffalo with Noah Falck

If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains....

December, 2015

The City and the Writer: In Umm Al-Zienat with Mohammad al-Assad

Special Series: Literary Maps Only in that song / jasmines bloom / more than once...

The City and the Writer: In Montreal with Dimitri Nasrallah

Photo credit: Maica Armata If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                    ...

November, 2015

The City and the Writer: In Cape Town with Margie Orford

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.             —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood...

The City and the Writer: In Cairo with Youssef Rakha

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                —Italo...

October, 2015

The City and the Writer: In Cairo with Mohamed Farag

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October 2015 Special Series: Egypt   If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains....

The City and the Writer: In Cairo with Gihan Omar

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October 2015 Special Series: Egypt   If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains....

The City and the Writer: In Alexandria with Maher Sherif

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October 2015 Special Series: Egypt   If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains....

The City and the Writer: In Alexandria with Khaled Raouf

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October 2015 Special Series: Egypt     If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains....

September, 2015

The City and the Writer: In Salfit with Ramsey Nasr

Special Series: Literary Maps To celebrate the fifth anniversary of "The City and the Writer," we've come back to our very first contributor, Ramsey Nasr, on the anniversary of the series launch.   here of all places, in the open pit of our heart we can achieve something great...

The City and the Writer: A Literary Map of Palestinian Writers

In the early 1990s, while living in Paris, I discovered that Salma Khadra Jayyusi, one of the Arab world's most distinguished literary personalities—widely known for her poetry, literary criticism, and scholarship, and whose work I hold in great esteem—had a visiting...

The City and the Writer: In Acre with Salma Khadra Jayyusi

Special Series: Literary Maps I am a palm tree rooted in your sky —“Songs of an Arab City”       City of Origin: Safad (District of Safad) City of Birth: Salt, East Jordan City/Cities you grew up in: Acre and Jerusalem Current Residence:...

The City and the Writer: Celebrating Five Years

In 2009, Rohan Kamicheril, then an editor at Words without Borders, asked me to be a contributing writer to the magazine—writing reviews, translating. I was very keen on working with WWB but wanted to participate in a different way. Within a year, I proposed the idea of...

August, 2015

film icon The City and the Writer: Gaza, What Remains with Eduardo Soteras Jalil

The problem with pain is that it hurts. No one summoned me, a young Argentinian, to war; nor was I a freelancer at the time, invited to take part: I simply made up my mind one day. Or maybe it took two days, a week to decide. I might not have decided on anything, but there was something...

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