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

ArabLit & ArabLit Quarterly

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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