Brought to Book: Sinan Antoon on his literary life
Literature touches the lives of fellow humans in a very visceral way
Sinan Antoon is author of The Corpse Washer (Yale University Press), translated from Arabic by the author and recently longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2014
What was the first book to make an impression on you?
A Tale of Two Cities. It was one of the first books I read (in an Arabic translation) when I was still 10.
What was your favourite book as a child?
The Three Musketeers.
And what is your favourite book or books now?
Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, David Malouf’s An Imaginary Life, and Mahmoud Darwish’s In the Presence of Absence. The Mu`allaqat (Ancient Arabian Odes) .