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The City and the Writer: In Sofia with Elena Alexieva

This entry is a part of a special series of The City and the Writer featuring writers who will be appearing as a part of the 2016 New Literature from Europe Festival, happening in New York City, December 7–10. See Elena Alexieva at the festival, and check back on WWB Daily next week for interviews with Immanuel Mifsud, Krisztina Tóth, and Ann Cotten, all conducted by C&W curator and festival participant Nathalie Handal.  If each city is like a game of chess,...

The City and the Writer: In Homs with Marwa Al-Sabouni

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 Homs as you feel/see it? Today the world knows of two Homses: Homs before the war and after the war. But there have always been two Homses: Homs that shows itself to you and the other that is always hiding and waiting to be discovered. The tail...

The City and the Writer: In Belgrade with Jasna Ani

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 Belgrade as you feel/see it? Belgrade is undergoing major changes at the moment. Its image changes literally from day to day. Some forgotten parts of it are being brought to life. It has started to breathe the fresh air of a new...

The City and the Writer: In Ljubljana with Aleš Šteger

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 Ljubljana as you feel/see it? Ljubljana is a beehive. Everyone has their small project that they buzz around. A building, for example, may look neglected, but inside hides exciting studios with people working on their next art exhibition,...

A Tribute to Igor Isakovski (1970–2014)

Image: Igor Isakovski. Paired Post: In Skopje with Igor Isakovski A moment with the poems of the energetic, soulful, and eminent Macedonian poet and writer Igor Isakovski on his birthday—September 19. This December 15 will mark two years since Igor’s death at forty-four years old. As the Croatian poet Damir Sodan, a mutual friend said: “Igor was a tireless ‘worker in song,’ publisher, passionate translator and a loyal literary friend.” He is...

The City and the Writer: In Beirut with Hala Alyan

Image: Hala Alyan. Photographed by Luc Kordas. 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 Beirut as you feel/see it? Beirut is a place trying to escape its past. A decade and a half of civil war (and years of sectarian conflict since) has left the city scarred—from the...

The City and the Writer: In Tirana with Ani Gjika

Image: Ani Gjika. 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 Tirana as you feel/see it? The Tirana I know is a child’s and a teenager’s Tirana for me because I was born, raised, and lived there the first eighteen years of my life. Seen through those eyes, in my...

The City and the Writer: In Cairo with Yahia Lababidi

Image: Yahia Lababidi. Courtesy of the author. 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, as I understand it, is a joyous child whose confidence has been shaken by repeated scolding and attempts at molding. We’re not quite ourselves at the...

The City and the Writer: In Valletta, Malta with Nadia Mifsud

Image: Nadia Mifsud. 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 Valletta as you feel/see it? Baroque is the first word that comes to mind. Valletta is a bustling yet serene city in the daytime; at night, it is amazingly quiet, near-deserted. It is utterly bewitching....

The City and the Writer: In Yogyakarta, Indonesia with Tia Setiadi

Image: Tia Setiadi. 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 Yogyakarta as you feel/see it? Yogyakarta is a permissive city. Like a sponge, it absorbs anything and everything. But, like a big lake, it receives and embraces every influence and culture it encounters without being...

The City and The Writer: In El Salvador with Roxana Méndez

Image: Roxana Méndez. 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 El Salvador as you feel/see it? El Salvador is a country of contrasts. On the one hand, it is full of warm-hearted people and beautiful places, like the sea, the mountains, and, above all, the interior...

The City and the Writer: In El Salvador with Jorge Galán

Image: Jorge Galán 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 El Salvador as you feel/see it? Tension. There are so many safety problems that the mood is almost...

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 Residence: Acre Your City/Cities: Haifa Language(s) spoken: Arabic, Hebrew, English Language(s) you write in: Arabic Home: My Family   Qadita is berries. It is the well that belonged to my grandfather. The...

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: Jerusalem   I consider myself to be the descendent of three cities, one could say a trinity, in Palestine. I lived and grew up in two of them, Jerusalem and Jericho, and I chose to belong to the...

The City and the Writer: In Ramallah with Raja Shehadeh

Author Photo: Mariana Cook, 2010 Special Series: Literary Maps   “In two and a half decades one of the world’s treasures, this biblical landscape that would have seemed familiar to a contemporary of Christ, was being changed, in some parts beyond recognition . . . . As a child I used to hear how my grandfather, Judge Saleem, liked nothing more than coming to Ramallah in the hot summer and going on a sarha with his cousin, Abu Ameen, leaving behind the humid coastal city...

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.                                —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Miami as you feel/see it? The default mood Miami is always set to is “extreme...

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.                                —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Wellington as you feel/see it? When poet Lauris Edmond called Wellington the “world...

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.                                —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Santa Fe as you feel/see it? The mood is as complex as the population—the native Tano people inhabited present-day...

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 Alexandria with Khaled Raouf

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 Alexandria as you feel/see it? Aida is an old woman who sells flowers on the streets of...

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...

Solitary Confinement on the Seventh Floor

One day I’ll tear off my lips and eat them like candy. One day I’ll rip out my chest because I’m not an orphanage for gathering angels. One day I’ll remove the door and stand in its stead to stop myself from leaving for the hole in the world.

Life in Mount Carmel

Though I’m right beside it, I can’t call out to the sea: neighbor, come join me for coffee. Instead, my other neighbor Carmel visits me through the window without my permission and never even once  tries to enter through the door (anyway, it owns the place). Sometimes church bells reach me from the depths of Wadi Nisnas, other times the morning call to prayer comes quietly from the Istiqlal Mosque (that the old breeze carries from Wadi Salib), the Baha’is keep...

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 Nazareth with Sousan Hammad

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 Nazareth as you feel/see it?...

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