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Virtual Event: Elias Khoury in conversation with Robyn Creswell

October 13, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

192 Books

On October 13, 2020 at 6 PM EST, 192 Books and Paula Cooper Studios are hosting a virtual conversation between Elias Khoury and Robyn Creswell. They will discuss the current situation in Beirut, and also speak about Khoury’s most recent translated work of fiction, Children of the Ghetto: My Name is Adam (translated from the Arabic by Humphrey Davies).

No registration required. The talk will be live-streamed here, and a recording will be posted as well shortly after it concludes, here.

Elias Khoury, born in Beirut, is the author of thirteen novels, four volumes of literary criticism, and three plays. He was awarded the Palestine Prize for Gate of the Sun, which was named Best Book of the Year by Le Monde Diplomatique, The Christian Science Monitor, and The San Francisco Chronicle, and a Notable Book by The New York Times. Khoury’s Yalo, White MasksBroken Mirrors, and As Though She Were Sleeping are also available in English. Khoury is a Global Distinguished Professor of Middle Eastern and Arabic Studies at New York University, and has taught at Columbia University, the Lebanese University, the American University of Beirut, and the Lebanese American University. As Though She Were Sleeping received France’s inaugural Arabic Novel Prize. Read Elias Khoury’s “This is not Beirut,” courtesy of the Paris Review.

Robyn Creswell is Assistant Professor of Comparative literature at Yale University. His research focuses on poetic modernisms in English, French, and Arabic. Other fields of interest include the intellectual history of the modern Middle East, theories and practices of translation, and contemporary poetry. Creswell is the translator of Abdelfattah Kilito’s The Clash of Images (New Directions, 2010) and The Tongue of Adam (New Directions, 2016), as well as Sonallah Ibrahim’s That Smell and Notes from Prison (New Directions, 2013). His essays and reviews have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and The New York Times Book Review. Purchase his title, City of Beginnings: Poetic Modernism in Beirut (Princeton University Press, 2019) here.


October 13, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


192 Books
192 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011 United States


192 Books
Paula Cooper Gallery