BIBLIOTOPIA 2021 | Interview with Adania Shibli (EN)

Excavating the Language: Fragments and Silences

Adania Shibli, a prize-winning writer, was born in Palestine in 1974, now divides her time between Berlin and Jerusalem. She holds a PhD from the University of East London in Media and Cultural Studies. Since 2013 she has been teaching at the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Studies at Birzeit University in Palestine. She was named as one of the Beirut39, a group of 39 Arab writers under the age of 40, chosen through a contest organised by «Banipal » magazine and the Hay Festival, and was awarded the Young Writer’s Award by the A. M. Qattan Foundation in 2002 and 2004. Her first two novels appeared in English as « Touch » (Clocktroot Books, 2010) and « We Are All Equally Far From Love »(Clocktroot Books, 2012). « Minor Detail » (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2020), a meditation on brutality, memory, and war, which tells a story of a young Bedouin girl raped by Israeli soldiers in 1949, was shortlisted for the 2020 National Book Award for Translated Literature and longlisted for the International Booker Prize.

La Fondation Jan Michalski, le 4 juin 2021