Hisham Matar on Writing and Revolution

Hisham Matar’s story “Naima,” about a young boy in Cairo, appeared in the magazine shortly before demonstrations broke out in Egypt against the rule of Hosni Mubarak. Matar, who spent his early childhood in Libya, moved to Cairo when he was nine, after his family was forced into exile because of his father’s views on Colonel Muammar Qadaffi’s regime. Those views eventually resulted in his father’s abduction from Egypt, in 1990. Matar and his family have never seen him since. I wondered, watching the scenes from Tahrir Square on television, what it must be like for Matar, who now lives in London, to be doing the same thing. I asked him whether he’d be willing to answer a few questions about the way Cairo is portrayed in his fiction and his response to the current uprisings in Egypt and elsewhere.

Read full article @ The New Yorker

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~ by eneryvibes on 1,February 20, 2011.

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