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EGYPT EVENING internationales literaturfestival berlin

EGYPT AFTER THE REVOLUTION (6 pm) / THE QUEUE (7:30 pm) / THE CITY ALWAYS WINS (9 pm)

Tue, 2018/09/11
Kuppelhalle

EGYPT AFTER THE REVOLUTION 

06:00 pm 
Reflections  

Conversation [English]

Authors Omar Robert Hamilton (Egypt), Scott Anderson (USA), Laila Soueif (Egypt)

Host Stefan Weidner 

Not much is left of the optimistic mood seven years after the beginning of the Arab Spring and the revolution in Cairo. Human rights activist Laila Soueif, journalist and author of »Stadt der Rebellion« Omar Robert Hamilton, and author of »Fractured Lands« Scott Anderson discuss Egypt’s disappointed hopes and the current political and social situation.

Price 8 Euro / reduced 6 / pupils 4 

 

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THE QUEUE

07:30 pm 
Literatures of the World  

Reading & Conversation [Arabic, German]

Author Basma Abdel Aziz (Egypt) 
Host Stefan Weidner 
Speaker Denis Abrahams 

The journalist, psychiatrist, and activist Basma Abdel Aziz’s literary début uses an abstract dystopian setting as a metaphor for the institutional and moral corruption in Egyptian society: Citizens with various requests stand futilely in line before a government building. The dynamics that arise reveal not only the power mechanisms of an authoritarian state, but also uncover the involvement of the army and religious powers, as well as the role of patriarchal structures.

Price 8 Euro / reduced 6 / pupils 4 

 

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THE CITY ALWAYS WINS 

09:00 pm 
Reflections  

Reading [Arabic, German]

Authors Omar Robert Hamilton (Egypt) 

Host Stefan Weidner 

Speaker Denis Abrahams 

In his literary début, journalist and filmmaker Omar Robert Hamilton portrays a young couple in the midst of the Cairo protests. Both are actively involved in a group that provides the world with news via Twitter. But the initial hopefulness and euphoria are followed by a devastating series of events. »Omar Robert Hamilton brings vividly to life the failed revolution of 2011 on the streets of Cairo, in all its youthful bravery and naive utopianism.« [J. M. Coetzee]

Price 8 Euro / reduced 6 / pupils 4  

 

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