The Hidden Light of Objects by Mai Al-Nakib

Kuwaiti author and Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature Mai Al-Nakib will present her short stories collection and discuss with the audience the experience of living and writing in the Middle East.

The headlines tell of war, unrest, and religious clashes. But if you look beyond them you may see another side of life in the Middle East—adolescent love, yearnings for independence, the fragility of marriage, pain of the most quotidian kind. The loosely linked short stories in The Hidden Light of Objects carefully trace overlooked moments in the lives of those who reside in this fraught region of the world—and the power of objects to hold extraordinary memories.  

Mai Al-Nakib is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Kuwait University. Her research addresses a wide range of issues linked to cultural politics in the Middle East—from Arab feminisms to the ethical question of Palestinians in Kuwait. The Hidden Light of Objects (Bloomsbury 2014) won the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s First Book Award in 2014, the first short stories collection to win. She is currently writing her first novel.

The event will take place on 14 January 2016 at 12-13 am at the University of Iceland in room 422 (4th floor) in Árnagarður.

Þórir Jónsson Hraundal, Director of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Iceland, will present the author.

This event is organized by department of Middle East Studies and by the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages. All are welcome.
 

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