Ahmed Mourad on Adapting Books to Film: Examine the Text ‘And Have a Conversation with It. Bargain.’


Best-selling and International Prize for Arabic Fiction-shortlisted Egyptian novelist Ahmed Mourad was recently at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, where he spoke with Mohga Hassib for ArabLit. 

Mohga Hassib: This is not your first time at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (EAFOL), how does it feel to come back again this year? What’s different about this event from others you attend in the region and internationally?

Mourad signing copies of 1919. Photo credit: Mohga Hassib. Mourad signing copies of 1919. Photo credit: Mohga Hassib.

Ahmed Mourad: The EAFOL is very important because there is a significant cultural movement happening in the Arab region, whether in the city of Sharjah, Dubai or Abu Dhabi, and [the EAFOL] is regarded as one of the most important festivals happening in the Arab world. …

The noteworthy thing is … there is a process of planting culture, making reading a habit — not a hobby — and this in my opinion is something…

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Adital – Perseguidos por sua orientação sexual refugiados conseguem proteção no Brasil

Adital –

deixou o Irã após várias censuras por suas formas de expressão e sua orientação
sexual. A experiência de estudar em colégio internacional e conhecer outros
países impulsionava-a a desejar pequenas liberdades contrárias às normas legais
impostas pelas autoridades do seu país.

Depois de
encerrar o Ensino Médio (e de ter um namorado na escola), Neda acompanhou seu
pai em uma viagem ao exterior, onde conheceu uma jovem estrangeira.
Inicialmente amigas, tornaram-se namoradas. Com o apoio dos pais, Neda chegou a
receber sua namorada no Irã. Mas, após este relacionamento, foi presa por
participar de uma festa exclusivamente feminina, pois as festas privadas no Irã
tornam-se suspeitas quando reúnem apenas homens ou mulheres – já que a homossexualidade
é considerada crime. 

Source: site.adital.com.br

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Next Up: Naked Lunch

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Okay, then, here we go with Naked Lunch.

William Burroughs writes in an experimental style—imagine William Faulkner as a beat writer. I believe I’ll really need to focus to stay with this one…it just has that feeling. According to Wikipedia, “Naked Lunch is a non-linear narrative that is difficult to describe in terms of plot.” Oh good.

Plus, oh yeah, lots of drug use and sketchiness.

So here are a few quick facts about Naked Lunch and its author, William Burroughs:

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Make Your Own Artisanal Natural Cold Pressed Soap

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I’m here to tell you that creating the best handmade soap suited specifically to your needs or those of the people you love is entirely within your power.

But first I’m going to tell you how I failed to accomplish this for many years.

One November ages ago, I rode my bike down Queen Street and saw a sign in a cute indie fashion shop that said “Soapmaking Workshop”.  And although it’s hard for me to imagine doing this for any other type of workshop, I got off my bike and without thinking about it laid my money down.

The workshop was held in the kind of creepy basement of this shop, and about 10 of us squished in there.  The facilitator was knowledgeable and methodical, and had the credibility that comes with having your soap being carried in various shops around the city.  I left with my bars of soap…

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