Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Alaa Al Aswany

Alaa el-Aswany is an Egyptian writer and a founding member of the political movement Kefaya. Trained as a dentist in Egypt and Chicago, el-Aswany's novels include The Yacoubian Building and Chicago.

Anna Metcalfe of the Financial Times put a few questions to the author, including:

Who are your literary heroes?

For me, Dostoyevsky is the best novelist in the history of literature.

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Who would you most like to sit next to at a dinner party?

Gabriel García Márquez.

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What was the first novel you read?

The first in Arabic was by Naguib Mahfouz, the Nobel Prize-winner. In French it was a simplified Labrière called Les Caractères.
Read the full Q & A.

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