All That’s Left to You: Three Palestinian Writers in Conversation

Arabic Literature (in English)

This past Saturday, Suneela Mubayi was at the PEN World Voices Festival, for the talk “All That’s Left to You: Palestinian Writers in Conversation,” with novelists Adania Shibli and Randa Jarrar and poet Najwan Darwish:

By Suneela Mubayi

Palestinian 1The three-author panel was part of the PEN World Voices Festival, held at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium, and was moderated by Lebanese novelist Elias Khoury. The panel’s title was taken from a novella by Ghassan Kanafani, who was assassinated in 1972, apparently by the Mossad, along with his 14-year old niece. “All That’s Left to You” is considered his most experimental work in form and style. The hall was just about filled, although the prohibitive cost of the tickets — $25 — must have kept away a lot more people who would otherwise have come.

Khoury opened the round table by talking about Palestine in the Arab consciousness and modern…

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