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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 West Bank, Grenoble Current Residence: London Your City/Cities: London. But I also feel quite possessive about Grenoble and Stockholm. Jaffa is probably the only place where, if I meet people from...

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

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 Cape Town as you feel/see it? Capricious, seductive. Cape Town is known in South Africa as the Mother City, but this city is no nurturing earth mother. The city is charming, cruel, changeable,...

The City and the Writer: In Cairo with Youssef Rakha

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 Cairo as you feel/see it? You could think of Cairo as a lie worn so thin by repetition that it actually shows the truth. A mega-village posing as a...

The City and the Writer: In Cairo with Mohamed Farag

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.                —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities   Can you describe the mood of Cairo as you feel or see it? Can we describe the mood of Cairo in one word? I doubt it....

The City and the Writer: In Cairo with Gihan Omar

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.                —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities   Can you describe the mood of Cairo as you feel/see it? Cairo took its name from a word that means...

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 writing the literary travel column “The City and the Writer,” a vibrant and wide-ranging forum for the exploration of cities through the writing of local authors, launched here. The series began...

The City and the Writer: In Salt Lake City with Paisley Rekdal

    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 Salt Lake City as you feel/see it? Right now: hopeful. What is your most heartbreaking memory in this city? After just moving...

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 in me insisting, a feeling like a nail puncturing me, refusing to leave me alone until I did something. Gaza was slowly disappearing, humming with F-16s, pounding with explosions like a faraway rumor, like...

The City and the Writer: In Singapore with Latha

Special Series/ Singapore 2015   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 Singapore as you feel or see it? The mood is one of people always on the go and seeking material success. I...

The City and the Writer: In Singapore with Suchen Christine Lim

Special Series/ Singapore 2015 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 Singapore as you feel or see it? In this city of six million...

The City and the Writer: In Singapore with Toh Hsien Min

Special Series/ Singapore 2015 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 Singapore as you feel or see it? In recent years, like a teenager’s: sullen, discontented, and argumentative. There have been a few...

The City and the Writer: In Singapore with Mohamed Latiff Mohamed

Special Series/ Singapore 2015 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 Singapore as you feel or see it? Singapore is a small city-state, and is known as one of the most developed...

The City and the Writer: In Singapore with Anne Lee Tzu Pheng

Special Series/ Singapore 2015 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 Singapore as you feel or see it? For several years now, I have felt a growing sense of...

The City and the Writer: In Singapore with Kirpal Singh

Special Series/Singapore 2015 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 Singapore as you feel or see it? Anxiety-ridden and intensely competitive; faces show a lack of inner peace...

The City and the Writer: In New Orleans with Sheryl St. Germain

Special Series/Nature Writers 2015 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 New Orleans as you feel/see it? It would be hard to limit New Orleans to one mood. It’s true that the city is always ready for a...

The City and the Writer: In Council Bluffs, Iowa, with John T. Price

Special Series/Nature Writers 2015 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 Council Bluffs, Iowa, as you feel/see it? The word that comes to mind is hüzün, which Orhan Pamuk uses to describe Istanbul....

The City and the Writer: In South Lake Tahoe with Suzanne Roberts

Special Series/Nature Writers 2015 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     An Introduction to this Special Series of "The City and the Writer" According to Louis Owens, the division of nature...

The City and the Writer: In Cochabamba with Rodrigo Hasbún

Special Series/The Palestinians 2015 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 Cochabamba as you feel/see it? Cochabamba is a mellow city, a city that still retains its small-town...

The City and the Writer: In Jerusalem with Ibtisam Azem

Special Series/The Palestinians 2015 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 Jerusalem as you feel/see it? Jerusalem is a city crowded with prayers for a mirage sky that all the gods have...

The City and the Writer: In London with Hannah Khalil

Special Series/The Palestinians 2015 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 Kathmandu with Manjushree Thapa

Special City Series/ Kathmandu, Nepal 2013 By Nathalie Handal 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 Kathmandu as you feel/see it? Kathmandu jostles and jangles; it’s always in a...

The City and the Writer: In London with Hisham Matar

Special City Series / London   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 London as you...

The City and the Writer: In Minsk with Valzhyna Mort

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 Minsk as you feel/see it? Minsk is not a city of moods. Rebuilt from the ground after World War II, it is measured out in perfect squares, with wide streets balanced out by long, tall buildings, and populated by gigantic statues and...

The City and the Writer: In London with Esther Freud

Special City Series/London 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 London as you feel/see it? London...
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